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England cricketer has no sympathy for Australia over ball-tampering taunts

England fast bowler Liam Plunkett does “not feel sorry” for Australia as they continue to cope with the fall-out from the ball-tampering scandal that overshadowed their tour of South Africa.

Steve Smith, the then Australia captain and his deputy David Warner both received year-long bans for their role in the fiasco during the third Test in Cape Town in March, with batsman Cameron Bancroft — who applied sandpaper to the ball — received a nine-month suspension.

There were concerns that Australia, under the leadership of new captain Tim Paine, might face a barrage of abuse from England fans during the first one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday.

But there were just a handful of taunts audible among a capacity crowd as England won by three wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

Meanwhile an attempt by a company to cash-in on the scandal by handing out branded sandpaper to spectators as they made their way into the ground had little effect, with Oval stewards confiscating most of the  ambush marketing  material.

The second match of the series takes place in Cardiff on Saturday.

Cricket fans in the Welsh cricket fans have not been slow to give Australia stick in the past and Plunkett said the tourists could have no complaint if they encountered more of the same at Sophia Gardens this weekend.

“I don t feel sorry for them,” Plunkett told reporters on Friday. You re going to get it — it s part of sport.

South African fans hold a banner as they mock Australia cricket players. © AFP / Getty Images

“I m sure it would be the same if someone on the England team had done that … you get plenty of stick when you go and play against Australia Down Under.”

And Plunkett said he was sure Paine s much-changed team would cope with whatever came their way.

“I m sure their guys have had plenty of stick in the past, and they ll just brush it off,” he added.

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