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Coronavirus: Warner terms Aus vs NZ ODI match without spectators 'bizzare'

Australia played against New Zealand in an ODI without spectators on March 13, which till date stands as the last international cricket match before Covid-19 pandemic suspended cricketing action

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The 33-year-old further stated that when India tours Australia, due to the humongous supporters of the side, it looks like the hosts are playing an away game. File photo: PTI

Australian opener on Friday said playing cricket behind closed doors is "bizarre". Australia played New Zealand in an ODI without spectators on March 13, the last international cricket match before the suspended sport across the globe.
 
"It was really bizarre, we are so used to saying yes or no when we want to run but we were not required to do that. It was like playing a warm-up match. I do not know for how long you can sustain that, clapping from the crowd gives you motivation. It is bizarre, our Rugby league is starting now and they will be playing without any crowd," Warner said during an Instagram live session with Indian opener Rohit Sharma.
 
"It is weird watching that as well, I do not know what it will be like if we play behind closed doors. However, the government is taking all these precautions for the right reasons," the left-handed batsman added.

 
The 33-year-old further stated that when India tours Australia, due to the humongous supporters of the side, it looks like the hosts are playing an away game.
 
"When you guys come here in Australia, it looks like we are playing an away game on our own backyard," he said.

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Working on fitness after Sandpaper gate furthered my career: David Warner
 
Warner also revealed that he was working on his fitness during the suspension period has helped him in furthering his career.
 

Sandpaper Gate happened during the 2018 Cape Town Test between Australia and South Africa. On the third day of the match, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball.
 
After the conclusion of the third day, Bancroft and then Australian skipper Steve Smith admitted that they cheated in trying to tamper with the ball. Warner's involvement in the act was also confirmed.
 
Cricket Australia handed a one-year ban to both Smith and Warner, while Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension.
 

Recalling the incident Warner shared his comeback plan during an Instagram live session with Indian opener Rohit Sharma.
 
"It was challenging, for the first three months, I did not pick up the cricket bat. I just spent the time with my family. I saw there was a tournament in Canada and I played in that. I think spending the time with my family and working on my fitness, it has really helped me. It has furthered my career probably," Warner said.
 
The left-handed batsman had a terrific outing in the 12th edition of the IPL as he became the most-run scorer of the tournament. He amassed 692 runs in 12 games for the SunRisers Hyderabad.
 
"I had the drive and passion to make a comeback for my country, everyone makes mistakes. In the 2019 IPL, I enjoyed not being the captain and playing under Williamson. I got to enjoy the game, people do not realise the pressure that comes along of being expected to perform in each match," Warner said.
 
The 13th edition of the IPL, which was scheduled to start from March 29, has been suspended indefinitely due to the pandemic.
 

First Published: Sat, May 09 2020. 16:15 IST