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SportAustralia 'braced' for vocal English crowds as Steve Smith, David Warner return

11:50  23 may  2019
11:50  23 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Australian players are " braced " for hostility as Steve Smith and David Warner make their full international returns , says Shaun Marsh. The next eight run-getters played more matches than the Australian . Prior to the World Cup, Australia captain Aaron Finch expected English fans and media

Steve Smith marked his return to English soil with a typically assured half century – but there were contrasting fortunes for his Australia teammates David Warner and Asked about the likelihood of pricklier reactions for Smith and Warner on the horizon, Marsh said: “We’re ready, we’re braced for it.

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Australian players are "braced" for hostility as Steve Smith and David Warner make their full international returns, says Shaun Marsh.

Australia 'braced' for vocal English crowds as Steve Smith, David Warner return
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Ex-captain Smith and former deputy Warner have seamlessly slotted back into the Australian set-up following their 12-month bans.

On the surface, the scars of Cape Town have healed as the Aussies turn their focus to defending their World Cup crown before bidding to retain the Ashes.

Smith has had a better rub of the green in the Aussie camp, scoring 278 runs at 139 with a strike rate of 89.7 since he returned for the practice matches against New Zealand.

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The returns of Steve Smith and David Warner after suspension will not disrupt the Australia team, says the country's cricket boss. Captain Smith , vice-captain Warner and fellow batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned from international and Australian domestic cricket after Bancroft used

David Warner (L) and Steve Smith will get the chance to defend Australia 's World Cup crown. (Photo [+] by Michael Dodge-IDI/IDI via Getty Images). In arguably the biggest sports scandal to hit Down Under, Smith and Warner were publicly humiliated and beaten down by a disillusioned public

In Brisbane against a second-string Black Caps side, Smith scored 22, 89* and 91* before piling on 76 against West Indies in Southampton yesterday.

Warner, meanwhile, has managed scores of 39, 0, 2 and 12 in his four knocks. However, it's not like form has eluded the left-hander.

The 32-year-old took apart the IPL to end as the tournament's top scorer with 692 runs from 12 knocks. The next eight run-getters played more matches than the Australian.

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Prior to the World Cup, Australia captain Aaron Finch expected English fans and media to go for the jugular, but was adamant his side won't get carried away.

"There's going to be a lot written and said about their returns. We'd be very naive if we didn't expect that," Finch said in March.

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"You have to go about your own business and make sure you don't let that become a distraction.

"It's important to remember it is going to be what other people's opinions are and that's not always reality."

Marsh suggested the returning stars have the full support of the squad and support staff.

"We've braced for it, we know what's coming," Marsh told reporters in Southampton.

"We'll stick together as a team and we'll be ready for it. We've just gotta be there for them, make sure we're looking after them.

"That's something that's really important for us as a playing group."

Those sentiments were echoed - would you believe it - from the English camp, with all-rounder Moeen Ali urging fans to give the Aussie pair a fair go.

"I really hope they don't get too much stick," Moeen said in The Guardian.

"I want them to enjoy the series. If you have to, keep it funny, not personal.

"We all make mistakes. We are human beings and we have feelings. I know deep down they are probably really good people.

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It is Smith and Warner first time in Australian colours since the Cape Town ball-tampering affair in March 2018. Australia were clapped onto the field by the small crowd on Monday Langer remained coy on who will open the batting in England , with Warner , Finch and Khawaja all options to face the

"I just hope they get treated decently. I just want the cricket to be spoken about."

There are more pressing concerns for Marsh, who is not only unsure of where he'll slot into the batting order, but fighting for a spot in the XI for the World Cup.

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He did his chances no harm with an unbeaten 55 against the Windies, and was one of few Aussies to impress in the UK 12 months ago in a shattering ODI series whitewash to England.

The World Cup favourites will host Australia at the Rose Bowl on Saturday before a clash against Sri Lanka at the same venue two days later.

"It certainly does give you confidence if you've scored runs here in the past," Marsh said.

"It was nice to spend some time out in the middle and get my feet moving. I enjoy batting out here [in the UK], obviously it's a different challenge.

"The wickets are slower to what they are back home, and it swings around a bit.

"I'd like to think I'm nice and flexible. I've batted from one to six throughout my career.

"I'm just going to try and enjoy the next two practice games and spend more time out in the middle."

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