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Smith booed as he reaches century in first game in England since ball tampering ban – with Warner also jeered

STEVE SMITH was booed as he reached his century on his first appearance in England since serving his ball tampering ban - with David Warner also jeered.

The Australia pair were given a frosty reception as they returned to England for Saturday's World Cup warm-up game after serving their suspensions.

Both were slapped with year-long bans for tampering with the ball using sandpaper against South Africa.

There are also accusations Australia cheated during the 2017-18 Ashes series, with Cameron Bancroft - also punished for his part in the saga - using sugar on the ball.

During the game at the Ageas Bowl, Warner was caught by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Liam Plunkett - and crossed paths with Smith as the latter made his way to the crease.

The controversial duo were given an almighty jeer by England fans - but Smith had the last laugh.

With his Australia struggling to post a competitive score, Smith took the bull by the horns and hit a superbly-timed century.

LONG SUMMER AHEAD

As he brought up his 100, fans let rip yet another chorus of boos as he raised the bat.

With two balls to go in Australia's innings he was caught-and-bowled off the bowling of Tom Curran in bizarre manner while on 116 from 102 balls.

The "catch" appeared to be a bump-ball, but Curran ordered a review.

As the umpire reviewed the decision, Smith belatedly started to walk off, believing himself to be out.

On seeing the replay, Smith began to walk back - only for the third umpire to give the decision out, somewhat controversially.

Australia ultimately ended up 297-9 - a competitive score given the two-paced nature of the pitch.

Speaking on the boo-boys, Smith - after Australia's innings - said: "I am pretty chilled, everyone is entitled to their opinions.

"I am happy to be back playing. Fortunately I was able to contribute going into the World Cup."

Meanwhile, England suffered a triple injury scare, with Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Liam Dawson all leaving the field with knocks.

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