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SportAustralia's Smith, Warner ready for hostile crowds at World Cup - Langer

21:41  19 may  2019
21:41  19 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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'Cheats': Aussies braced for England 'siege' as fans savage Warner Australia coach Justin Langer said his team won't be rattled by a hostile reception at the World Cup as England's Barmy Army gave them a taste of what to expect. The defending champions are on a hot run of one-day form and have been boosted by the return of Steve Smith and David Warner after their one-year bans for ball-tampering. But a trip to England is never easy, and the visit for the World Cup -- followed by an Ashes Test series -- is shaping up to be even more challenging than usual after the cheating row.

Australia ' s David Warner and Steve Smith leave the pitch after beating South Africa. Langer is aware the crowd in England could target Smith and Warner in the May 30-July 14 tournament in Langer was happy with what he saw of the duo in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at

Australia coach Justin Langer says Steve Smith and David Warner are prepared for a hostile reception at the World Cup . Former skipper Smith and Warner are part of Australia ' s squad for the World Cup and the Ashes after returning to the international fold following the ball-tampering scandal.

Australia's Smith, Warner ready for hostile crowds at World Cup - Langer© Reuters/Rogan Ward FILE PHOTO: Cricket - South Africa vs Australia - First Test Match

Australia's returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the World Cup but can rely on their team mates to cope, coach Justin Langer has said.

The pair have returned from year-long bans following a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and are expected to play vital roles in Australia's title defence although they will not be in leadership positions.

Langer is aware the crowd in England could target Smith and Warner in the May 30-July 14 tournament in England and Wales but said public anger will not be as intense as it was.

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Australia ’ s returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the World Cup but can rely on their teammates Langer is aware the crowd in England could target Smith and Warner in the 30 May – 14 July tournament in England and Wales but said public

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"We can't control the crowd. What I do know is... it might heat up but I can guarantee it won't be any hotter than it was 12 months ago. I've never seen anything like it," Langer told reporters in London.

"The boys are well prepared. They've paid a heavy price and we're expecting always to come here and to face the fire and we're ready for that.

"They're human beings as well and... there's not too many I've met who like being booed or heckled or disliked. We're going to have to care for them, we're going to have to put an arm around them and make sure they're going okay."

Australia's Smith, Warner ready for hostile crowds at World Cup - Langer© Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH Australia Nets

Langer was happy with what he saw of the duo in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at home to a New Zealand XI this month, where Smith had unbeaten knocks of 89 and 91 while Warner managed a top score of 39.

"I watched Steve batting... in those three practice games, he's literally a master of the game, so it's nice to have him back," Langer added.

"Dave's got that look on his eye, he's really hungry, he's a great player... he's so dynamic, he brings so much energy, and that's what we ask from our players."

Australia's World Cup opener is against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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