• Lyon, Smith black out ‘white noise’

    Batsman Steven Smith and bowler Nathan Lyon will expect plenty of ridicule from the crowds during Australia’s 2019 World Cup campaign.

    Smith and Lyon played in last week’s warm-up fixture defeat to England – and were subjected to several taunts from spectators at The Oval in London.

    Former captain Smith, who recently returned to international cricket after a suspension for involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that marred Australia’s Test tour of South Africa last year, starred with a century in Saturday’s win.

    ‘Everyone’s entitled to their opinion and how they want to treat people. It’s water off a duck’s back and it doesn’t bother me. I try to black it out. They call it “white noise”. When I’m out in the middle I don’t pay attention to the crowd or what they’re saying,’ said Smith.

    Lyon snared the key wicket of all-rounder Ben Stokes at The Oval – and will likely be selected for 25 June’s fixture against the same opposition at Lord’s in London.

    ‘The jeering was expected – they’re ruthless over here. I’ve had two Ashes tours and a one-day series over here and haven’t experienced anything else. They’re ruthless and there’s not much love. They haven’t changed their lines in the last 12 months,’ added Lyon.

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