Aussies unlikely to tour Europe, says Warner

Aussies have been scheduled to play against Scotland in a T20 on June 29 before playing three T20s and three ODIs against the defending champions of 50-over cricket England from July 3.Warner Finch record stand

But the planned tour of Europe shows up in serious doubt after opening batsman David Warner acknowledged it was ‘highly unlikely’ the tour would go forward amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

“At the moment it’s highly unlikely we’re going to go over there given what’s happened in England. He’s back up on his feet now and that’s fantastic news, but there’s a lot more to this than just sport being played,” Warner was quoted as saying by today, citing the COVID-19 infection to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as an indicator of the seriousness of the problem there.

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There is a possibility that the series may be played in an empty stadium with spectators eliminated, but that is something Warner hopes can be avoided, notwithstanding the treatment he suffered from England fans at last year’s World Cup and Ashes.

“No doubt at all, you want crowds no matter where you go and where you play. I love playing in England, it’s awesome. You’ve always got someone they always try and rev up, and fortunately for the team, it’s pretty much just me, and that takes a lot of the heat off the other guys,” he added.

Warner concluded, “I’m quite thick-skinned and it doesn’t really affect me at all. I just laugh it off and play along with the crowd. We’re there to put bums on seats and hopefully, we can entertain the crowd by playing a good brand of cricket.”

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