Steve Smith , Australia

ICC World Cup 2019 – Twitter Reactions: Steve Smith silences booing crowd with brilliant century against England

Steve Smith’s teammates paid tribute to their former skipper after he brushed aside abuse from the Southampton crowd to lead Australia to a 12-run victory over England on Saturday .

Although the match was only a warm-up fixture but it will surely boost the confidence of the Aussies ahead of the upcoming World Cup; Smith scored a brilliant century (116 off 102 balls) to put the rest of the globe on notice.


His celebrations to mark the century were muted, given it was not an official match, but while there was applause from the 11,500-strong crowd there were also plenty of boos from the stands.

While Smith laid the foundation for the win, it was the bowlers who sealed it with a disciplined display that kept England batsmen under control.

With Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins rested, Jason Behrendorff (2-51) and Kane Richardson (2-43) deputised superbly.


Spinners Adam Zampa (1-54) and Nathan Lyon (1-37) also bowled tidily with Jos Buttler (52) and James Vince (64) top scoring for the hosts.

Brief scores:

Australia – 297/9 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 116; Liam Plunkett 4-69) , England – 285 in 49.3 overs (James Vince 64; Jason Behrendorff 2-43)

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