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Fans wear Steve Smith crying masks and t-shirts on opening day of Ashes

England's cricketing faithful showed no mercy towards the returning Australian trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, with a number of taunts during the first day's play of the first Test in Birmingham.

With Smith and Warner making their Test comebacks, and Bancroft returning to international cricket altogether, England's fans took it upon themselves to put off the Australians in whatever way they could.

Having come dressed as sandpaper during the Cricket World Cup, members of the Edgbaston crowd took to holding up yellow cards as Warner and Bancroft emerged open the batting.

The fans' ploy appeared to work, with both Warner and Bancroft dismissed for single figure scores.

Next came Smith, to which fans revealed masks and t-shirts copying his likeness from his press conference breakdown, following his return to Australia after being stripped of the captaincy after last year's ball tampering scandal.

Much to England's dismay, though, Smith was able to produce an innings to remember, hitting 144 of Australia's total of 284 all out. 

England fans wear masks and t-shirts taunting Steve Smith
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