Steve Smith’s century gives Australia World Cup warm-up win over England

by Theguardian


• Australia 297-9; England 285 all out• Smith responds to boos with an impressive 116

Whatever the intention, phoney wars don’t end up much sillier than this World Cup warm-up. Jos Buttler offered a spectacle with a whirlwind half-century, after Steve Smith had done the same with a hundred, while a close finish provided some fun as England were bowled out 12 runs short of Australia’s 297.

Admittedly England playing Australia in any cricket match has cachet. The prospect of this dominant England side getting one over its biggest rival drew 10,000 people on the pilgrimage to the Hampshire Bowl outside Southampton.

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