Australia's Steve Smith swats away hostile reception against England

Tanya Simon
May 26, 2019

In all seriousness, if chants of "cheat, cheat, cheat" will be ringing out around grounds towards Smith across the whole summer, it may get tiresome, so hopefully it won't get to that. "When I'm out in the middle I don't pay attention to the crowd or what they're saying", he added after top-scoring in a total of 297 for nine.

And Saturday's warm-up win over England, the world's No.1 side and tournament hosts, confirmed Australia's title credentials on the eve of the 2019 edition.

"More importantly, I was able to spend some time in the middle before the World Cup", the former skipper added. "It's water off a duck's back to me", he said.

England's preparations for the World Cup beginning May 30 has begun in bad fashion with a plethora of injuries, the latest forcing one of the fielding coaches Paul Collingwood to take the field.England's warm-up game against Australia began with fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood suffering injury scares.

While fans were vocal during the match, Smith said he hadn't received any abuse from the general public since arriving in England.

There was, however, the customary round of applause from the crowd for a batsman reaching his fifty when Smith got to the landmark.

"Obviously you always feel for them but it's part of the game isn't it?"

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Earlier, Boult removed openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for two apiece to leave India 10 for two. Full ScheduleRoss Taylor then top scored with 71 as the 2015 finalists coasted to 180-4 in 38 overs.

England will be hoping they will have both Archer and Wood fit for their opening match of the World Cup against South Africa, with captain Eoin Morgan now out with a fracture to his right index finger and Adil Rashid struggling with a shoulder injury.

"There's been some good work for some of the bowlers", said Buttler. I think when you're in a team environment away from home and away from your loved ones and family etcetera, I think the word "care" doesn't get thrown around enough.

But in the end they left themselves just too much to do, needing 21 off the last two overs, and their unbeaten start to the summer is over.

But both batsmen got out when well set as England, top of the one-day global rankings and fresh from a 4-0 series win over Pakistan, suffered their first defeat of the season.

"The elbow is coming along pretty well", Smith said. He has played 222 one-day internationals and averages 39.64 after hitting 12 centuries and 45 half-centuries.

Moeen Ali and Woakes, playing as a batsman, took England into the final 10 overs needing just a run-a-ball and although Ali (22) and Curran (2) fell, the rate remained manageable.

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