David Warner, Steve Smith and Bancroft were in for a severe 'sandpaper' treatment from the audience at Edgbaston, a reminder of the infamous ball-tampering incident using sandpaper in South Africa.
Ashes 2019 commenced today at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday and Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat first in the first Test. David Warner, along with his opening partner Cameron Bancroft, were surprisingly welcomed with a spectacular opening spell from James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Both the opening bowlers were able to defend easy run-scoring opportunities to the Australian pair and Stuart Broad eventually got David Warner and trapped him in front of the wickets to send the left-hander opener back for just two runs.
As David Warner was walking off the field, back to the pavilion, the English crowd gave him a send-off by showing him yellow sandpapers as an insulting gesture.
Australia have selected all three players who were handed lengthy bans following their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.
In the match, Stuart Broad got rid of both the openers as England overpowered the screws early on the first day of the first Test match of Ashes.
Australia is the current holder of the Ashes urn, however, they have been unable to beat England in their backyard since 2001. England have impressively won the last 11 international matches at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham.