Smith hits century in 12-run victory over England.

Smith hits century in 12-run victory over England.

The Baggy Greens start the defence of their title against Afghanistan on 1 June

Steve Smith hit his first century since returning to the game after his ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

He scored 116 from 102 balls, hitting 11 boundaries, as the tourists made 297-9 in their 50 overs.  His contribution was the stand out performance with only opener David Warner staying at the crease for any length of time.

Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers,taking 4-69 from his 9 overs.

In reply, James Vince and Jos Buttler made half-centuries for England in a performance that left them 12 runs short from their innings.

The Cricket World Cup gets underway on Thursday with England taking on South Africa at The Oval.

Australia's tie against Afghanistan is a day/night contest taking place at Bristol.

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