NSW Blues batsman Steve Smith has made his first century on return to the Australian one-day team during a 12-run win over England in an ICC World Cup warm-up match.

Smith hit 116 from 102 balls in Southampton, England, on Saturday. His innings included eight fours and three sixes.

It was his fourth successive score over fifty throughout the five warm-up matches so far for Australia that started in Brisbane during early May.

Two of those scores were not out with an unbeaten 89 and 91 against New Zealand at Allan Border Field, Brisbane.

His century contributed to a total of 9/297 from the 50 overs after Australia was asked to bat first. Blues opener David Warner made a solid 43 from 55 at the top of the order.

In reply, England was dismissed for 285. Blues off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed 1-37 from 10 overs.

Since the unfortunate situation in Cape Town more than 12 months ago, Smith and Warner have both returned to NSW Premier Cricket for their respective clubs.

Smith led his club, Sutherland, to the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup title in December, and across all formats last season, made 636 runs from 15 First Grade matches at an average of 57.82.

After the match on Saturday, Smith said the time in the middle was in some ways more important than the runs scored, ahead of Australia’s first game of the World Cup, against Afghanistan next Saturday.

“I am feeling composed and calm at the crease and hitting the right balls I want to the boundary,” Smith said.

“Anytime you make a hundred for Australia it’s a real honour.”

Before his enforced break, Smith was unhappy with his One-Day International form and used the intervening period to work on some aspects of his game.

“A few different shots and ways to manipulate the field a little bit more and just things like that, rotating the strike a little bit better, a few subtle things that I’ve been working on and I’ll continue to work on.”

Smith underwent surgery on an injured right elbow in January and reported that the recovery continues to progress well.

“I haven’t had to really test it yet throwing wise. I’d say I’m at about 80% throwing wise, but hopefully I can progress a little bit further in this next week before the first game.”

Australian Men’s World Cup Squad

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)

Usman Khawaja (Queensland)

David Warner (New South Wales)

Steve Smith (New South Wales)

Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)

Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)

Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)

Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)

Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)

Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)

Kane Richardson (South Australia)

Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)

Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)

Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)

Adam Zampa (South Australia)


Practice Matches

Match 1 - May 22

Australia v West Indies

Ageas Nursery Ground, Hampshire

Australia won by seven wickets.

Match 2 - May 25

Australia v England

Ageas Bowl, Hampshire

Australia won by 12 runs.

Match 3 - May 27

Australia v Sri Lanka

Ageas Bowl, Hampshire

7:30pm (Sydney Time)


Australia’s World Cup Fixture

Match 1 – June 1

Afghanistan v Australia

Bristol Country Ground, Bristol

10:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 2 – June 6

Australia v West Indies

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

7:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 3 – June 9

India v Australia

The Oval, London

7:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 4 – June 12

Australia v Pakistan

Country Ground Taunton, Taunton

7:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 5 – June 15

Sri Lanka v Australia

The Oval, London

7:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 6 - June 20

Australia v Bangladesh

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

7:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 7 – June 25

England v Australia

Lord’s, London

7:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 8 – June 29

New Zealand v Australia

Lord’s, London

10:30pm (Sydney Time)

Match 9 – July 6

Australia v South Africa

Old Trafford, Manchester

10:30pm (Sydney Time)

Semi Finals – July 9 and 11

World Cup Final – July 14