Australia coach Justin Langer said his team won’t be rattled by a hostile reception at the World Cup as England’s Barmy Army gave them a taste of what to expect.
Australia have been boosted by the return of Steve Smith and David Warner after their one-year bans for ball-tampering.
“We’re ready for it,” Langer told SEN sports radio late Thursday. “If we’re under siege the second we get off the plane, we’re ready for it.
“The World Cup might be a bit different to start off, but certainly once the Ashes kicks off there will be plenty of commentary.”
Warner returned to the Australian team this week after prolific form at the Indian Premier League, while Smith stroked an unbeaten 89 in Brisbane against a New Zealand XI on Wednesday.
“It’s great for the team,” he added. “I can honestly say I don’t think we could be in a better position.