Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on ‘cheat’ chants in World Cup warm-up vs England


first_imgAustralia batsman Steve Smith played down the hostile reception he had received as he walked out to bat during their 1st World Cup 2019 warm-up match against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.Steve Smith was booed by the Rose Bowl crowd and there were chants of “cheat, cheat, cheat” as he made his way out to the middle in the 17th over of Australia’s innings. Earlier, opener David Warner was booed by the England crowd who witnessed both the batsmen take the attack to the English bowlers.Both Smith and Warner had served bans over their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal from last year. Nonetheless, the two Australian batsmen are back in the limited-overs squads after some impressive performances in the T20 leagues across the globe.While Warner made a 55-ball 43, Smith showcased why he is rated one of the best batsmen going around with a delightful hundred (116 from 102 balls). Smith’s masterclass helped Australia post 297 and eventually clinch a 12-run win over England.Stressing he is considering all the boos as white noise, Steve Smith said: “I heard a few things as I went out to bat. But it doesn’t get to me. I was just trying to keep my head down and move straight ahead and just do my job and fortunately today, I was able to score a few runs for the team.”More importantly, I was able to spend some time in the middle before the World Cup.”It doesn’t bother me. I focus on my job. Support of teammates up in the balcony. I know I’ve got the support of my teammates. If I can make them proud and Australians proud then that’s my goal.advertisement”I just blank it out. They call it white noise. When I am out there I pay no attention to the crowd and just move on with playing the game.””Genius what a player!”Steve Smith starred with the bat for Australia with a brilliant century in their #CWC19 warm-up match against England and his former skipper was full of praise for him! World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 25, 2019’Everyone is entitled to their opinion’Smith also added that he has not been subjected to abuse from the general public ever since arriving in the United Kingdom for the World Cup.”No, it’s been really good I haven’t copped any which is really nice. I guess everyone is entitled their opinion and how they want to treat people, but it is water off a duck’s back. I’ll just do my own thing and just keep working hard to play hard.”Smith paced his innings wonderfully well and played some delightful strokes in his inimitable style. While he stepped out and played inside-out shots against Moeen Ali, he wasn’t reluctant to power the ball over the boundary ropes against pace bowlers.’Nice to spend a bit out of time out in the middle’Smith though is not becoming complacent but hopes to strike form during the World Cup. Australia begin their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 before which they play their 2nd warm-up match against Sri Lanka on May 27.”I was actually a little bit disappointed with my one-day form probably the last 18 months – take out the last 12 – so it was nice to spend a bit of time out in the middle today and the practice games that we’ve had so far I have felt really good. Everything is going well and I’m looking forward to the first game coming now,” Smith added.”I’m not reading too much into it, they’re just practice games at the moment, hopefully, I can keep this form for the real stuff and we’ll make a judgment then. I am feeling good, I’m feeling calm at the crease and hitting the right balls I want to the boundary.”Also Read | Warm-up win over India means little for World Cup, says Ross TaylorAlso Read | Nothing to worry about: Ravindra Jadeja on India’s batting woes after loss to NZAlso See:last_img

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