Australia’s top-order helped them to register a comfortable win over newly-minted T20 World Cup champions England in the opening game of the three-match ODI series at the Adelaide Oval. Dawid Malan played a career-best knock of 134 runs which helped the Three Lions to a respectable total of 287 runs as they were put to bat first. However, David Warner, Travis Head, and Steve Smith fired in unison as the trio made chasing the total like child’s play.
During the midst of the Australia batting innings, David Warner and a young fan from the stands engaged in a rather hilarious banter. “David Warner, can I have your shirt,” read the placard held by the young fan present in the stands. Warner who was present in the dugout alongside Marnus Labuschagne took notice of the fan on the big screen and did not hold back from responding.
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Warner held a placard himself and responded rather hilariously to the fan suggesting he come over to the dugout and collect Marnus’ jersey instead. “Get one off Marnus,” David Warner candidly responded to the fan.
Here is the video of the incident:
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 17, 2022
Speaking about the match, Australia was reeling from the failures of their T20 World Cup campaign after witnessing an exit from the Super 12 stage. However, the hosts swiftly got back to winning ways in their first 50-over contest with the English side.
Skipper Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa both managed to scalp three wickets each whereas the rest of the bowling unit aimed at restricting the rival side from hitting the big runs. Dawid Malan was the lone wolf in the English line-up as he scored a hundred and helped the side with a decent total.
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During the chase, David Warner played a match-winning knock of 86 off 84 balls coupled with Travis Head’s 69 off 57 balls handed the side a major head starts in the match while they were chasing a target of 288. Steve Smith’s 80* off 78 then guided the side to seal a comfortable win.