Dave Warner Looks For Ball, Can't Find It, Eats Chips Instead
Dave Warner is the sort of cricketer who chips in any way he can.
In the final couple of overs of Australia's win over New Zealand at the Cricket World Cup on the weekend, the Aussies had pretty much wrapped up the game.
New Zealand were nine wickets down and facing imminent defeat. Like any good tail-ender, Kiwi bowler Mitchell Santner decided to go down swinging. But when he whacked Nathan Lyon for six over deep square leg, there was a problem.
The ball. Anyone seen the ball?
Dave Warner had a good look for it, couldn't find it, so got stuck into a pack of chips that a bloke in the crowd was munching on. It was actually quite a nice moment, and showed that he's trying to win back hearts and minds post ball-tampering ban with two key things -- runs and realness.
And it's working. Warner sits atop the table of World Cup run-scorers with 516 from eight innings, while he is also coming across as the sort of bloke you'd want to... well... share a bag of crisps with.
There were also plenty of non snack food-related highlights for the men in green-and-gold in Saturday night's match.
Mitchell Starc picked up a five-for -- the third of his World Cup career. This is a big deal because no other cricketer is the proud owner of such a stat. With 24 wickets at this World Cup, he is now close to overtaking the great Glenn McGrath, who holds the record of 26 (in 2007).
Steve Smith somehow defied gravity and took an absolute screamer of a catch.
And if you care about the Kiwis, then Trent Boult claimed a hat-trick.
As for Warner, there remain pressing chip-related questions that were somehow not addressed at the post-match press conference.
Like where had this mystery chip man’s hands been? Was Warner actually peckish? And if so, did he not fancy the lunch at Lords? Rumour has it, it’s the best feed of all the UK’s cricket grounds.
And a key question: What flavour were the chips? Is he a barbecue or a salt and vinegar man?
One thing Warner would have learned from that dark day in Cape Town in 2018: The cameras are always watching. Whether you’re scratching balls or sneaking food, the world will know.
Chip-gate aside, Australia is now top of the table and have a break all week until they play South Africa in Manchester in their last regular match before the finals.