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Moeen’s comments come close on the heels of Australia coach Justin Langer, who stated that both Smith and Warner would require sensitive monitoring and handling over the coming months. @ Getty Images

Moeen Ali has requested English fans to treat Australian duo – Steve Smith and David Warner – with respect during the ICC World Cup 2019. Smith and Warner will be returning to play for Australia for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal in March last year. Moeen said he didn’t want fans to go after them too much because of that.

“I really hope they don’t get too much stick. I want them to enjoy the series,” Moeen told the Guardian on Monday.

“If you have to, keep it funny, not personal. We all make mistakes. We are human beings and we have feelings. I know deep down they are probably really good people. I just hope they get treated decently. I just want the cricket to be spoken about.”

Moeen’s comments come close on the heels of Australia coach Justin Langer, who stated that both Smith and Warner would require sensitive monitoring and handling over the coming months.

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“There’s not too many I’ve met in my life who like being booed or heckled or disliked so… they’re human beings,” Langer had said.

“We’re going to have to care for them, we’re going to have to put an arm around them and make sure they’re going okay. But what people say, whether it’s in the crowd or social media or wherever, there’s nothing they can do about that, they can’t control it but what we can do is keep an eye on them and make sure they’re going okay as people as much as cricketers.”

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Smith and Warner were part of Australia’s pre-World Cup camp, which included three practice matches against a New Zealand XI. They both looked in fine touch. Smith made 22, 89* and 91* in those games, while Warner mustered 39, 0 and 2.