Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve Harmison

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 13:13 IST Steve Smith has scored two centuries and a double hundred in 5 innings of the Ashes series. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith has scored 671 runs in 5 innings in the ongoing Ashes seriesSmith’s immaculate form has helped Australia retain the Ashes Urn on English soilSmith missed the 3rd Ashes but still has 2 centuries and a double hundred in 5 innings144 and 142 in Birmingham. 8 runs short of a third successive Test hundred at Lord’s. Double hundred (211) at Old Trafford. Out for his lowest series score (82) in the second innings of the 4th Ashes Test.Credit to the above scores from Steve Smith’s bat that helped Australia retain the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001. When arguably every cricket fan on the planet is terming it as indisputably Steven Smith’s Ashes, former England pacer Steve Harmison believes no matter what Smith does, his incredible feats will always be dwarfed by his role in the infamous Sandpaper scandal.”I don’t think you can forgive him,” Steve Harmison told talkSPORT.”When you’re known as a cheat – and he is, I’m not going to sugar-coat it – that’s on your CV. You’re marked and you take it to the grave.”Whatever Steve Smith does, he’ll always be remembered for what happened in South Africa.”That’s something he’s got to live with. I can’t see anyone’s opinion changing on Smith, Bancroft, or Warner – because they’ve tarnished the game.”The then Australia captain Steve Smith, along with David Warner, was handed a year ban for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident. Playing in his comeback Test series after serving the ban, Smith exhibited a daunting form in England that saw him regain the top spot in ICC Test Ranking for Batsmen.Steve Smith has amassed 671 runs in 5 innings amid constant booing from the England fans. This is after he missed the 3rd Ashes Test with concussion after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the second match.advertisementSmith is now the only batsman to have scored 500+ runs in 3 consecutive Ashes series – 508 runs in 2015 Ashes in England and 687 runs in the 2017-18 home Ashes before his ongoing epic. Bradman scored 500-plus runs in 5 different series, but even he couldn’t achieve the feat thrice in a row.Also Read | Steve Smith recreating Don Bradman for those who haven’t seen the legend batAlso Read | Steve Smith becomes 2nd Australian cricketer to score 500 runs in consecutive AshesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow ball-tamperingFollow Steve Harmison Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve HarmisonAshes 2019: Former England pacer Steve Harmison believes no matter what Smith does, his incredible feats will always be dwarfed by his role in the infamous Sandpaper scandal.advertisementlast_img


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