Steve Smith has been in the form of his life in the ongoing Ashes between England and Australia. In the first Test match at the Edgbaston in Birmingham, he scored a couple of centuries that bailed the visiting team out of the precarious position. It was also a game where Smith was making his comeback in the format after the ball-tampering scandal at the Newlands in Cape Town.
He showed nerves of steel and helped the Aussies take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with a thumping 251-run victory. Even in the second Test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, Smith was at his very best. He carried on from where he left in the opening game. But at the score of 80, he was hit around the neck by a vicious bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer.
He went back and underwent a concussion test following which he came back to bat yet another time. Unfortunately, he couldn’t score a century and was trapped plumb in front by Chris Woakes at the score of 92. Thereafter, it was known that Smith was ruled out of the remainder of the Test match. Marnus Labuschagne came in as a concussion substitute.
Steve Smith faces the heat from the audience
Steve Smith is now also uncertain for the third Test, which is scheduled to start on August 22 at the Headingley in Leeds. He has arguably been Australia’s best bet with the bat in the series and his omission can turn out to be a massive blow for Tim Paine and Co. In the meantime, Smith has had to face some serious booing from the crowd even after he was hit by Archer’s bouncer.
Same was the case in the first game as well when fans turned up with banners of him crying. The rough behaviour of the crowd hasn’t gone down well with Scott Morrison, the Honourable Prime Minister of Australia. He now wants Smith to answer his critics with bat and ball.
Morrison also wishes for Smith to bring the Ashes back to Australia. The Prime Minister took to Twitter and wrote, “I look forward to him answering his hecklers with bat & ball in hand to bring home the Ashes,”
Here is Scott Morrison’s tweet
I look forward to him answering his hecklers with bat & ball in hand to bring home the Ashes. pic.twitter.com/jgvshuaFsP
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 18, 2019
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