By James Sharpe For The Daily Mail
Published: 21:48 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 21:52 BST, 1 August 2019
The cheers came first. Then the boos, lots of them, and louder. Many then rose to their feet to boo and applaud at the same time as they battled inner conflict between appreciation for a magnificent hundred and a desire to remind Steve Smith that all had not been forgotten.
More jeers greeted Smith as he removed his helmet, kissed the Australia badge and raised his bat to the sky. Some hissed 'cheat' and there was a quick round of 'you're a cheat, and you know you are'. Others flapped little bits of sandpaper at him. Smith was even booed off the field when he was dismissed for 144.
They had done that for most of the day. When he came to the crease, it was difficult to know where one boo died and the next began. Cameron Bancroft, the mule of the Sandpaper Three, had trudged towards the Edgbaston pavilion only for Smith to pass him on his way.
Fans in the Hollies Stand hold sandpaper in the air after the dismissals of Warner and Bancroft
But Steve Smith was not affected by the Barmy Army as he hit an impressive 144
Australian fans salute their