England v Australia: Latest news from The Ageas Bowl

Steve Smith celebrates his century
Steve Smith celebrates his century

Latest news from England's World Cup warm-up game against Australia at The Ageas Bowl.

Australia's Steve Smith was greeted by a mixture of boos and polite applause as he marked his comeback appearance against England with a fine century in the World Cup warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl.

Former captain Smith and team-mate David Warner have recently returned from year-long bans for their roles in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal and the renewal of hostilities with their Ashes rivals brought the expected jeers as they arrived and departed the crease.

The heckling was far from deafening, though, and Smith was even treated to respectful clapping as he brought up his fifty and hundred in the away team's 297 for seven.

For England the greater concern of the day was an injury scare for Mark Wood, who exited midway through his fourth over and headed for the pavilion with pain in his left foot, joining Eoin Morgan (finger) and Adil Rashid (shoulder) in the treatment room.

Although Wood is the biggest worry, particularly given long-standing problems with his left ankle, there were also dicey moments for Jofra Archer and Liam Dawson.

Archer was due to be rested until he replaced the departing Wood, only to take a knock within moments of entering the fray. He re-emerged later in the innings to dispel concerns but then Dawson was struck on the hand backing up Joe Root's throw, splitting the skin in his right ring finger. The latter was immediately advised not to bat in the chase.

Amid these various frights there was the unusual sight of England's assistant coach Paul Collingwood arriving as an emergency fielder wearing Wood's kit. The former one-day captain, who turns 43 on Sunday, was pressed into service to make up the numbers despite retiring from competitive cricket last September.

Wood made England's first breakthrough, seeing off Australia skipper Aaron Finch, before exiting in pain. Warner fared better, managing 43 before flapping Liam Plunkett to wide long-on, the first of four wickets for the seamer.

There were boos and heckles for the departing batsman and his replacement, Smith, but the latter continued his rich vein of form since reintegration to the national side.

His previous three innings had yielded 89 not out, 91no and 76 and this time he reached three figures in style, getting there in 94 deliveries and finishing with eight fours and three sixes.

Plunkett's four for 69 were the pick of the England bowling figures, with one success each for Wood, Tom Curran and Dawson.

In reply, Jonny Bairstow never found his rhythm and was the first Englishman to fall, carving left-armer Jason Behrendorff to the waiting Warner.

England were 39 for one from seven overs, with Jason Roy 24 not out after being dropped by Smith at slip without scoring.

Roy reached 32, including four boundaries, but was not at his domineering best. When the end came he was roundly deceived, undone by Kane Richardson and held at short cover.

England's response was faltering and the new partnership of James Vince and Ben Stokes could not put it right. The pair were unable to score at the required rate and even when Stokes was given a life, dropped by Finch after mis-hitting Marcus Stoinis, he did not cash in.

An ungainly swipe at Nathan Lyon's tidy spin left his stumps exposed and the all-rounder was gone at 100 for three.

The arrival of Jos Buttler changed the tone dramatically, with the stand-in captain turning the tables on the Australian attack.

Buttler helped himself to 24 runs in the 27th over, taking Coulter-Nile for three boundaries and two mighty sixes. That left England 159 for three, with Buttler racing past Vince's score despite facing half as many balls.

Buttler had taken 30 runs in eight Coulter-Nile deliveries and seemed in unimpeachable form until the ninth.

That is when his hitherto wonderful timing deserted him and a gentle leading edge sailed into the hands of Usman Khawaja.

His 30-ball half-century breathed life into the pursuit but left plenty still to do. Vince was the set batsman but could not finish the job, guiding Behrendorff to short third man with 64 to his name.

Moeen's frustration got the better of him when he holed out off Adam Zampa for 24.

A second wicket in three overs followed, with Curran cutting Richardson straight to point.

Woakes was still there on 32 with England needing 48 from 43 balls with three wickets left.

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