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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon says his side were totally prepared for the ‘ruthless’ reaction from England fans to Steve Smith and David Warner.

Australia duo of Smith and Warner were given a tough time by the Southampton crowd during their warm-up fixture against England on Saturday.

It was the duo’s first appearance against the English since the end of one-year suspensions for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town Test last year.

There were audible boos, jeers and chants of "cheat" during the match.

But the pair remained unfazed by all this with Smith smashing a match-winning 116 and Warner scoring 43, and Lyon was far from shocked by what he heard.

"It was as expected - they're ruthless over here," he said.

"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."

"I'm very competitive and I don't think I'm going to change very much," he said.

"I will play the cricket I've always played and make sure I wear my heart on my sleeve. I will be competing against whoever we're playing."