The high pressure and historical Ashes test series between hosts England and Australia started on Thursday August 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham with English fans giving a rough welcome to the ball tempering incident involved Australian cricketers.
The English fans waved sandpaper, reminding the Australia trio of David Warner, Steve Smith and Cemeron Bancroft of ball tampering incident.
It was the first time that the Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft took the field together, since the infamous ‘Sandpapergate’ controversy in South Africa.
The three cricketers were banned by Cricket Australia after they were seen as the protagonists in a ball tampering controversy that led to a tectonic shift in Australian cricket.
English fans gave a rude welcome to the trio, waving sandpaper as the players made their way to the field for the national anthem. There were banners as well that reminded the Aussies of what happened in Cape Town.
The duo of Bancroft and Warner departed early after Australia decided to bat first on winning the toss. Both the batsmen were sent back by Stuart Broad. The crowd gave the duo a similar treatment by waving sandpaper.
Australia has had a difficult period since the trio were banned from international cricket and are looking to rebuild with all three stars back in business.