London — Chants of “cheat” accompanied Steve Smith as he walked to the crease against England on Saturday but the Australia batsman was unfazed by the hostile reception and says he is focused firmly on maintaining his form ahead of the Cricket World Cup. Smith, who was stripped of the captaincy and served a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, scored a century in Australia’s 12-run win over England in a warm-up game in Southampton, continuing his run of good form since returning to the side. The 29-year-old scored 89 not out and 91 not out against New Zealand in warm-up games in Brisbane earlier in May before scoring 116 from 102 balls on Saturday. Prior to his ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal during a Test series against SA, Smith had scored 383 runs in 15 one-day internationals innings at an average of 29.46, well below his career average of 41.84. “I was actually a little disappointed with my one-day form [before the ban],” Smith told reporters. “So it was nice to spend a...

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