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Ashes 2017-18: Steve Smith can handle Barmy Army taunts but there may be a health warning going after David Warner

THE Barmy Army might have a fight on their hands before this series is over.

With the retirement of Mitchell Johnson after the last Ashes leaving a huge void in the lives of England supporters, they have chosen Aussie captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner as designated primary targets.

 The Barmy Army have decided David Warner and Steve Smith are their new top targets for chants

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The Barmy Army have decided David Warner and Steve Smith are their new top targets for chants
 Going after David Warner could carry a health warning for the England fans

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Going after David Warner could carry a health warning for the England fans

Fair enough, no-one minds a bit of good natured banter (even Johnson reputedly had a smile on his face about his taunting after months of incessant renditions of “He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right …”).

And surely Smith won’t be too upset to hear the Pommy songbirds belting out the chorus of his new anthem, “Oh I cheat with a little help from my friends …” ad nauseum.

But Warner? That could be another matter.

When the pugnacious opener walked out first over after lunch he was serenaded every step of the way by the Army’s latest ditty.


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 The first two days in Brisbane have given the England fans plenty to shout about

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The first two days in Brisbane have given the England fans plenty to shout about
 Steve Smith has already shrugged off the chants of the Barmy Army to bat well and save his side from collapse

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Steve Smith has already shrugged off the chants of the Barmy Army to bat well and save his side from collapse

To the tune of The Beach Boys’ Sloop John B (coincidentally the same as Johnson’s signature tune), it starts off, “David Warner is over the hill … he came second to Sonny Bill”.

It’s a reference to a much-publicised men’s room encounter between rugby player Sonny Bill Williams and Warner’s wife Candice Falzon.


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 David Warner is married to professional ironwoman Candice Falzon

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David Warner is married to professional ironwoman Candice Falzon

Even though the social media scandal that scored a million hits happened long before Candice and Davey became an item, no-one in their right mind would ever mention it within Warner’s hearing.

Not that anyone is suggesting that members of the Barmy Army are in their right minds – but even so is definitely not a good man to upset.
Just ask
Joe Root.

And on the occasion those two came together Warner didn’t have a bat in his hand.

England’s Ashes Test schedule

Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane)
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide)
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth)
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney)

 

 

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