Recently, we came across Steve Harmison tagging Steve Smith as cheat despite scoring heavy runs for Australia in the Ashes series. He believes that the cheating is something, he should carry to the grave and no one would ever forgive his apology. However, speaking of the same, Peter Siddle hits back at the former fast bowler.
144 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. Despite such a stunning tally, Steve Harmison believes that on-field brilliance will not change his Cheater tag.
Steve Smith did his talking with the bat – Peter Siddle
Peter Siddle recollected the days when England team was involved in a similar scenario when they used sugar-coats. He highlighted the scene when a couple of his teammates tried mints to tamper the ball. However, Peter Siddle doesn’t want to see much into it.
Further, he went on to add saying that Steve Smith has already shut the mouth of the critics with his stellar display of batting in the middle. Petter Siddle feels that Smith had the last laugh following a stunning victory to retain Ashes.
“It’s more of a laugh than anything because we know some stories about what has gone on in the past,” Siddle told SEN SA Breakfast. “A couple of his teammates from back then put out books since the ‘05 Ashes and talked about sugar-coating the cricket ball to get reverse swing in that series.”
“That’s the irony in all that, that he actually used the word sugar-coat, when two of his teammates have talked about mints and different things to put on the ball. It actually comes back on him. We’ll have the last laugh about that, and I think Steve Smith has definitely put those to rest and he’s just done his talking with the bat,” he added.
Steve Smith has been England’s tormentor-in-chief in the ongoing Ashes series, which Australia have already retained after winning the fourth Test in Manchester on Sunday. Smith is having a fairytale Ashes series, already accumulating 671 runs, including a double century at a staggering average of 134.20.