Former Australian cricketer Shane Lee has stated that Steve Smith, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, recently, is not a cheat. Shane Lee has made it clear that Smith wasn’t trying anything such as pitch scuffing or was trying to cheat. However, he has maintained that Smith shouldn’t have been near the batting crease.
Notably, Steve Smith has found himself in a lot of controversies after the third Test at Sydney came to a close. The veteran Australian batsman was seen scuffing the pitch during the final day of the third Test between Australia and India. Cricketing legends, past and present, have fired shots at him for his poor act. However, the Australian cricketing fraternity has backed him after the incident.
Shane Lee Comes Down In Support Of Steve Smith
Now, former Australian cricketer, Shane Lee has also come down in the support of Steve Smith. He has stated that Smith wasn’t trying to cheat and Cricket Australia should back him.
“He was not trying to cheat, but he should not be on the wicket. I am really, really concerned about some of our behaviour. Steve Smith scored a fantastic hundred in Sydney and the way he reacted afterwards, I thought there is a real anger there,” Shane Lee said.
“It is disturbing…I m seeing the same signs as before Sandpapergate. I am seeing someone like Smith who is getting really, really angry,”
Notably, Smith was banned by Cricket Australia (CA) in 2018 for a year for his involvement in the infamous Sandpapergate scandal and he was the skipper of the Australian Cricket Team across all formats when he was banned.
Questions On Steve Smith’s Captaincy Doing The Rounds Ever Since His Return
Smith returned to Australian cricket with a bang as he had a phenomenal Ashes campaign in 2019 in England against the hosts. Ever since then, the demands of handing the captaincy back to Smith has been doing the rounds in the Australian media.