Australia opener David Warner and New Zealand pacer Tim Southee were involved in a heated exchange after the Kiwi bowler showed unwanted aggression at Rory Burns.
Over the time, New Zealand cricket team has gained the reputation of playing the gentleman’s game in the most gentle way possible but their fast bowler Tim Southee on Thursday showed that the Kiwis are capable of showing some unanticipated frustration as he instigated an argument on the field during Day 1 of 1st Test against Australia in Perth.
The incident happened during the 7th over of the match, after Australia had won the toss, wheen Australia opener Rory Burns faced a fullish delivery from Southee and played a defensive shot back to the bowler without moving his feet out of his crease.
Southee collected the ball and threw it back at the stumps but the ball rather hit a static Burns on his pads. While Burns stood surprised at the crease, Southee went back smiling without apologizing for hitting the batsman. However, David Warner, who was at the non-striker’s end, did not take the incident lightly and got involved in a heated exchange with the Kiwi bowler.
Here is the conversation between Southee and Warner:
Southee: He was out (of his crease).
Warner: It hit his hand.
Southee: Well he’s in front of the wicket.
Warner: Mate, c’mon. You’re supposed to be Mr Nice Guy.
Umpire Aleem Dar and New Zeland captain Kane Williamson later ended the banter between the two players.
Australia were 248 for 4 against New Zealand on the opening day of the first Test under lights at Perth Stadium. Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head were unbeaten on 110 and 20 runs respectively after the home side elected to bat first in 40-degree (104 F) temperatures.