ICC World Cup 2019: Nathan Lyon Calls English Fans 'Ruthless'

ICC World Cup 2019: Nathan Lyon Calls English Fans ‘Ruthless’

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Australian spinner Nathan Lyon is unfazed with the way the England fans had treated David Warner and Steven Smith at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Lyon said that they had expected it from the England crowd. The fans booed, cheered and chanted “cheat” during the first warm-up match between England and Australia.

However, the duo starred in the match and claimed their first warm-up against the most favourite team of the tournament.

Since the end of their one-year ban from cricket, Warner and Smith made their first appearance in international matches on Saturday.

Although Smith tuned out the voices which rose as soon as he entered the middle of the ground, he shushed the ugly elements with his match-winning century of the warm-up.

Meanwhile, the former Australian captain Smith and vice-captain Warner was not disconcerted as the duo outran England.

Lyon Calls English Fans “Ruthless”

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England vs Australia in Southampton. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

After an impressive performance at their first warm-up match, Warner and Smith are set to face the tough time in the World Cup. The pain will be extended for the duo as they’ll be playing in the Ashes 2019 immediately after World Cup.

Meanwhile, the two players shunned all the bad boos and cheers in the stadium with Warner’s 43 runs and Smith’s 116. The team warmed-up in their style for the World Cup, letting the opponents know who they’ll up against.

The Australian off-spinner Lyon, however, was not taken aback by the hostile welcome by the England fans.

“It was as expected – they’re ruthless over here,” said Lyon.

“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,” he added.

Further adding, Lyon said he will be continuing to play his usual cricket irrespective of situations surrounding him or the team.

“I will play the cricket I’ve always played and will make sure I wear my heart on my sleeve. I will be competing against whoever we’re playing,” said Lyon.

The cricket showpiece event will commence from May 30, while Australia will mount up against Afghanistan on May 1.

Australia alongside India are predicted as one the toughest teams of the tournament. Where England will be looking forward to claiming their first title trophy, Australia will be fighting for their sixth.

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