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Australia’s Smith blocks out jeers and warns of more runs to come

Daily Mail UK – LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Chants of “cheat” accompanied Steve Smith as he came out to bat against England on Saturday but the Australia batsman was unfazed by the hostile reception and says he is focused firmly on maintaining his form ahead of the Cricket World Cup.

Summary

  • LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Chants of “cheat” accompanied Steve Smith as he came out to bat against England on Saturday but the Australia batsman was unfazed by the hostile reception and says he is focused firmly on maintaining his form ahead of the Cricket World Cup.
  • Smith, who was stripped of the captaincy and served a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, scored a century in Australia’s 12-run win over England in a warm-up game in Southampton, continuing his run of good form since returning to the side.
  • Prior to his ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal during a test series against South Africa, Smith had scored 383 runs in 15 one-day internationals innings at an average of 29.46, well below his career average of 41.84.
  • “I was actually a little bit disappointed with my one day form (before the ban),” Smith told reporters.
  • Smith, who played mostly in domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world and some club cricket in Sydney before his ban ended in late March, had elbow surgery earlier this year and he said it was still on the mend.


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