Jeers just 'water off a duck's back' for Smith

Sports | 27 May 2019

Chants of "cheat" accompanied Steve Smith as he came out to bat against England but the Australia batsman was unfazed by the hostile reception and says he is focused on maintaining his form for the Cricket World Cup.

Smith, who was stripped of the captaincy and served a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, scored 116 off 102 balls 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. The 29-year-old scored 89 not out and 91 not out against New Zealand in previous warm-up games in Brisbane.

"They are just practice games but hopefully I can keep up the form as we head into the real stuff," Smith said.

His composure did not slip even when the home crowd heckled him over the ball-tampering scandal. "Everyone is entitled to their opinion ... it's just water off a duck's back to me. I was just trying to keep my head down, move straight ahead and do my job."

REUTERS

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