[caption id="attachment_848328" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-848328" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/David-Warner-GettyImages-1.jpg" alt="David Warner, Steve Smith, Australia, England, ball-tampering, England vs Australia, World Cup 2019, ICC World Cup 2019" width="628" height="418" /> Australia duo Smith and Warner were given a torrid time by the Southampton crowd against England. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/news/">Australia</a> spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/nathan-lyon/news/">Nathan Lyon</a> insists his team were prepared for the "ruthless" reaction from England fans to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/news/">Steve Smith</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/news/">David Warner</a> during their <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a> warm-up victory on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>Australia duo Smith and Warner were given a torrid time by the Southampton crowd against England. <p></p> <p></p>It was the shamed pair's first appearance against the English since the end of one-year bans for their role in the sandpaper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ball-tampering">ball-tampering scandal</a> in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a> that plunged Australian cricket into crisis in 2018. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-world-cup-2019-warm-up-david-warner-steve-smith-booed-and-heckled-during-australia-england-game-847913">David Warner, Steve Smith booed and heckled during Australia-England game</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>There were audible boos, jeers and chants of "cheat", a soundtrack that Warner and Smith will need to get used to as the World Cup progresses and then gives way to the Ashes series against England. <p></p> <p></p>But neither man seemed to fret over the welcome, Smith with a match-winning 116 and Warner making 43, and Lyon was far from shocked by what he heard. "It was as expected. They are ruthless over here," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"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." <p></p> <p></p>England cricketers going back several generations might be surprised at Lyon's characterisation, particularly given the heckling that takes place in Australia. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/having-been-cured-of-schizophrenia-england-spinner-monty-panesar-eyes-return-to-cricket-847998">Having been cured of schizophrenia, England spinner Monty Panesar eyes return to cricket</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Lyon played the provocateur in 2017 when he talked of ending English careers and rounded on former wicketkeeper Matt Prior. "I'm very competitive and I don't think I'm going to change very much," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"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."