Former England captain-turned commentator David Lloyd has lambasted Australian great Steve Smith for roughing up Rishabh Pant’s guard mark during the afternoon session on the fifth day of the Sydney Test in what he termed as a clear ploy to disrupt the southpaw’s concentration.
Steve Smith found himself amid yet another raging controversy after video footage emerged of him trying to scruff up Pant’s guard on the last day of the Test match.
Smith has been criticized for his actions by both fans as well as former and current cricketers. Reacting to the same, David Llyod, in his column for the Daily Mail, wrote that the Australian just can’t have ‘two brain cells to rub together’ while referring to the fact that he still seems to have learned no lessons from the sandpaper scandal.
“Let’s start with Steve Smith’s decision to rake his size nines on the crease where Rishabh Pant had marked his guard. That was plain childish. He’s trying to irritate the batsman. But with all the cameras around these days and Smith’s history with the sandpaper, you have to conclude that he can’t have two brain cells to rub together,” D David Lloyd wrote.
Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant's batting guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya. Khaaya peeya kuch nahi, glass toda barana.
But I am so so proud of the effort of the Indian team today. Seena chonda ho gaya yaar. pic.twitter.com/IfttxRXHeM
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
Steve Smith incapable of behaving himself: David Lloyd
Smith’s reputation took a heavy beating in March 2018, when he along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were handed a ban for plotting as well as carrying out ball-tampering via the use of the sandpaper.
Smith returned to elite cricket after a gap of 12 months and although he once again impinged his status as a batting juggernaut, David Lloyd feels that the former Australian captain needs to get his act together and behave with humility on a cricket field.
He further added that Smith’s misadventures have ensured that more than his runs or records, history will always remember him as someone who breached the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ line on far too many occasions.
“With Smith, though, you get the feeling that these incidents are going to affect the way history regards him: a great batsman, sure, but incapable of behaving himself,” David Lloyd wrote.