Australia batter David Warner sent an Ashes-related warning to The Matildas ahead of their World Cup semi-final against the Lionesses.
David Warner couldn’t resist having a pop at EnglandAFP
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One man who knows all about rivalries between Australia and England is Warner. So it’s no surprise he grasped the opportunity to fire a dig at his country’s Ashes foes ahead of the clash.
“An early good luck to the Matildas,” cricketer Warner wrote on Tuesday. “Just keep an eye out in case the Poms ask to change the ball.”
Warner is of course making reference to England’s win in the fifth Test of this summer’s Ashes that earned the home side a 2-2 draw and stopped the Aussies from winning the series outright.
The Aussies were furious upon discovering that a lifeless ball, which had been disfigured by a hit to Usman Khawaja’s helmet, was replaced by what appeared to be a newer, harder ball.
The 36-year-old – clearly still bothered by this summer’s drama – followed his tweet up with a series of laughing emojis, even tagging England fan group The Barmy Army in the tweet too to ensure he got extra nibbles on his dig.
Warner was infamously involved in the Aussie ball tampering saga in South Africa in 2018, leading him and captain Steve Smith to be banned by Cricket Australia for 12 months.
And England fans were quick to point out the irony of the Aussie legend’s warning for his country’s football team.
“Makes a change from you tampering it!” one fan said.
England fans will be hoping the Lionesses can keep Warner quietGetty
Another chimed in with: “In this match, using sandpaper on the ball won’t gain your team an advantage!”
“I’d sit this one out if I was you David,” a third added.