Despite calls from the likes of Virat Kohli for World Cup crowds to take it easy on disgraced ball-tampering duo Steve Smith and David Warner, it seems unlikely theyll encounter a very forgiving crowd at Lords today.
Frankly, the reception they receive will be of little concern to either man, or to the Australians as a whole.
Its a joint Ashes and World Cup summer in England and the Aussies, as always, have come to win, not make friends.
Both Smith and Warner have stepped up for their side so far during the tournament.
Warner looked far from his belligerent best in the tournaments early stages, but has found form recently with two hundreds.
Smith has been slightly less successful since his return, but has still picked up three handy fifties.
He is the consistent scoring, calming influence on this Australian team, akin to Joe Root for England.
Smith has eight international centuries against England, and although just one of them has come in ODIs, he did grab one in the sides recent warm-up game.
Sporting Index offer a spread on Smiths performance of 46-51 and that buy price looks too good to turn down.
Smith has shown on numerous occasions his ability to turn up in the big games and there arent any bigger than this for either nation, so Ill be backing the former Aussie skipper to lead from the front again.
Likewise, Im keen to support David Warner here.
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