Steve Smith played another great knock on his return to Test cricket to help Australia post a challenging total in a rain-marred second Test at Lord’s in London. Smith copped a few blows during his 92-run knock but showed great determination to revive Australia’s innings. Meanwhile, the England fans kept booing the former Aussie skipper and had no intention to stop even after he sustained a dangerous blow on his neck. Former English skipper Michael Vaughan, known for his giving-back attitude, urged the fans, not to outcry after a brilliant knock filled with skill and courage.
Struggling at 70 for four, Steve Smith once again batted with the lower-order to post a respectable total on the scoreboard. He shared crucial stands with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins to take the score to the 250-run mark. The talented batsman fad to face a lot of challenges during his knock. Along with Jofra Archer‘s robust bowling, Smith also had to tackle a hostile behaviour from the Lord’s crowd. However, the drama unfolded after lunch when Jofra Archer started targetting Smith’s body bowling at almost 150 kmph.
While one hit Steve Smith on his form, another destructive bouncer caught the Aussie batsman on his crease to hit on his neck. The New South Wales batsman soon fell on the ground before receiving medical treatment. Meanwhile, during the period the English crowd kept on booing Smith while Jofra Archer was seen sharing a laugh with a teammate. This kind of behaviour didn’t go well with the fans who slammed on Twitter and questionned their spirit. Former skipper Michael Vaughan also urged the crowd not to boo Steve Smith when he has proved his talent with a determined knock.
“I get the pantomime of @stevesmith49 arrival to the crease and the booing but please stop booing once he plays with great skill,courage and incredible discipline !!! he deserves a standing ovation for that innings … #Ashes #Lords,” Michael Vaughan tweeted.
I get the pantomime of @stevesmith49 arrival to the crease and the booing but please stop booing once he plays with great skill,courage and incredible discipline !!! he deserves a standing ovation for that innings … #Ashes #Lords
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 17, 2019