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Will miss booing from England fans, says Steve Smith
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Will miss booing from England fans, says Steve Smith

Steve Smith has admitted he will miss receiving a hostile reception from English crowds during their limited-overs tour next month, declaring the heckling fuels him to perform better.

The champion batsman was subjected to a cacophony of taunting chants whenever he strode out in the middle during the Ashes campaign last year.

The English fans did not leave out any opportunity to remind Smith about the ball-tampering incident in 2018 that resulted in a one-year ban for him.

Despite the constant booing, Smith slammed an incredible 774 runs in four games at a stunning average of 110.57 including twin centuries at Edgbaston.

"I do like batting there, unfortunately, there's going to be no crowd there to egg me on and give me a bit more motivation," the former skipper told reporters as he prepared to fly out to England.

"Still, there's going to be plenty of eyes on the TV and it is going to be great to be back out there playing."

Australia's 21-man squad will be participating in three ODIs and three T20Is with all their fixtures scheduled to take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The two venues in Manchester and Southampton will have hotels attached to them to allow the players to remain in bio-secure bubbles.

Smith acknowledged the dynamics of playing in such unprecedented circumstances would be quite different but claimed he looked forward to the challenge.

"I'm looking forward to getting back into it, obviously it's going to be a bit different than what we're used to being in a bubble and playing with no crowds," he said.

"That presents a challenge in itself, but one we're looking forward to.

"We're lucky to be able to go and play, we'll just do what we need to and play it day by day, stick together as a bunch and help each other out."