World Cup 2019: Australia ‘ready for it’ – Justin Langer’s reply to Barmy Army photoshop sledge
England’s Barmy Army doctored an image of David Warner’s official World Cup portrait. (Image: Twitter)

Australia coach Justin Langer said his team won’t be rattled by a hostile reception at the World Cup as England’s Barmy Army gave them a taste of what to expect. The defending champions are on a hot run of one-day form and have been boosted by the return of Steve Smith and David Warner after their one-year bans for ball-tampering.

But a trip to England is never easy, and the visit for the World Cup — followed by an Ashes Test series — is shaping up to be even more challenging than usual after the cheating row. England’s fiery Barmy Army supporters rarely need much incentive to get stuck into their arch-rivals and got the ball rolling on Twitter Thursday with a brutal pot shot. In a taste of what to expect from British crowds, they doctored an image of Warner’s official World Cup player portrait, replacing ‘Australia’ on the front of his shirt with ‘Cheats’.

They also photo-shopped Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon holding sandpaper.