Blackcaps v Australia: David Warner blows kiss to crowd in response to deafening boos in Wellington

Unsurprisingly, Wellington has bid farewell to the retiring David Warner with a hearty chorus of boos, after his dismissal in the first Twenty20 international against the Blackcaps

Almost as soon as he'd touched down in New Zealand earlier this week, the Australian lived up to his status as Aotearoa's favourite cricketing villain by taking aim at the local crowds for their treatment of him back in 2016.

For a moment, it seemed the capital fans' worst dreams might be realised, as Warner slammed consecutive sixes off Mitchell Santner to race to 32 off just 20 balls in pursuit of the hosts' commanding total of 215/3.

Just two balls later, Santner had the last laugh, expertly drifting a delivery outside offstump to entice another slog sweep that instead skied high and into the safe hands of Glenn Phillips at long-on.

The catch produced the loudest cheer of the night at Sky Stadium and it swiftly turned to a defeaning din of lusty boos, as Warner departed.

Carrying his bat for the final time at Wellington, Warner gave a mock kiss and wave to the crowd as he trudged off - signing off in fitting fashion.

Ultimately, Warner would have the last laugh, with Australia winning off the final ball of the match to take a 1-0 series lead.

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