'Expected' - Lyon on England fans' reaction to Warner and Smith
Mon, 27 May 2019 04:39

'Expected' - Lyon on England fans' reaction to Warner and Smith

Mon, 27 May 2019 04:39

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Special Page | Full ScheduleAustralia duo Smith and Warner were given a torrid time by the Southampton crowd during their World Cup warm-up victory over England on Saturday (May 25).

'Expected' - Lyon on England fans' reaction to Warner and Smith

It was the shamed pairs first appearance against the English since the end of one-year bans for their role in the sandpaper ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that plunged Australian cricket into crisis in 2018.
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There were audible boos, jeers and chants of "cheat", a soundtrack that Warner and Smith will need to get used to as the World Cup progresses and then gives way to the Ashes series against England.

Also read: Smith unfazed by boos

But neither man seemed to fret over the welcome, Smith with a match-winning 116 and Warner making 43, and Lyon was far from shocked by what he heard.

"It was as expected - theyre ruthless over here," he said.

"Ive had two Ashes tours and a one-day series over here and havent experienced anything else. Theyre ruthless and theres not much love. They havent changed their lines in the last 12 months."
England cricketers going back several generations might be surprised at Lyons characterisation, particularly given the heckling that takes place in Australia.

Lyon played the provocateur in 2017 when he talked of ending English careers and rounded on former wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
"Im very competitive and I dont think Im going to change very much," he said.

"I will play the cricket Ive always played and make sure I wear my heart on my sleeve. I will be competing against whoever were playing."
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