The Barmy Army, England cricket team’s biggest fan group, have made a tongue-in-cheek takedown of three Australian cricketers headed for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on social media.
In a brutal potshot at David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon, the Barmy Army recently posted on Facebook and Twitter a doctored picture of the three Aussie players in their official World Cup kits, accompanied by a sarcastic caption that stated: ‘The Australia squad look ready for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019!’.
In the picture, Warner can be seen pointing at the wording on his yellow jersey, but the word ‘Australia’ has been photoshopped to ‘Cheats’ in reference to the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against the hosts South Africa last year, for which Warner also served a ban of 12 months.
In the same picture, the Barmy Army photoshopped Nyon and Starc holding rolls of sandpaper.
“@cricketcomau release their #CWC19 player portraits!,” Barmy Army’s post read.
Justin Langer, Australia’s head coach, responded to the social media troll by stating that his team is ready for anything the Barmy Army has to throw at them.
Warner joined Australia’s World Cup squad last week after he amassed 692 runs at an average of 69.2 and strike-rate of 143.86 for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
Starc this week returned to the team after three months on the sidelines with injury.