Steve Smith has been in phenomenal form after his comeback to the test scene and in the Ashes 2019, his performances have been top-notch. And with his scoring ability, many of former England players are coming out and giving statements against. Yesterday, it was no different when Monty Panesar said: “Steve Smith will always be known as a cheat”.
In the current scenario, Steve Smith is the leading scorer in the Ashes series by a fair margin and comfortably topping the charts with 671 runs in just 5 innings. He has been the difference between the two sides and Australia are bossing the series at the moment. This led to former England players and experts being more vocal about Steve Smith.
Monty Panesar stated that Steve Smith has made a great comeback in the International arena and he is doing his job beautifully. It doesn’t how many runs he score in his career he will be always known as a cheat, just like Maradona is remembered for his hand goal in World Cup.
Steve Smith and David Warner were serving a one year ban from Cricket Australia when they were caught on the air doing the ball-tampering in a game against South Africa. Once the ban was completed they both were fast-tracked into World Cup team too. Since then Steve Smith is back among the runs and this feat is not being praised by the former England players.
It was Steve Harmison who first stated against Steve Smith and Monty Panesar also followed him then and the list continues to grow like a fire. But comments on him hardly matters as he is getting back the trust of Australian fans with his bat doing the talking.
Even after a gap of 12 months, he ensured that he retains the number 1 spot in ICC test ranking and he has gone past Virat Kohli with a lead of 34 points.