No stadium in South Africa is more notorious than Johannesburg’s infamous Bull Ring, the Wanderers.
And with the Australians back in town for the first time since the 2018 Test series, which saw David Warner and Steve Smith hit with 12-month bans for the ball-tampering scandal, the crowd was expected to give it to the tourists.
On Friday in the opening Twenty20 the Bull Ring had a noticeable gap in it, with an entire stand empty close to the fine-leg area.NZL v IND
However, it was not a case of the locals having no interest in the cricket. Rather it was down to a simple OH&S issue.
The stand was not in good enough state for the day.
“If you wonder this evening why one stand is completely empty it’s because an area got damaged by the storm,” Mark Nicholas explained. “It is therefore not safe. We won’t see any spectators in those famous bleachers tonight where so much has happened over the years often after a few glasses – a popular place to be.”
The Jo’burg crowd did not get too much of a chance to jeer Warner during Australia’s innings, with the opener out after only two balls when patrons were still making their way to their seats.
Smith scored an impressive 45 and only received loud boos once for belting a Dale Steyn delivery that bounced twice wide of the pitch but had already been called a dead ball by the umpire.