Former Australian legends Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting have brutally criticised Steve Smith, the number Test batsman, following the barin explosion on the stroke of the tea interval that cost him his wicket.
Steve Smith’s wicket left England jubilant after he couldn’t resist playing at a full and wide delivery from Stuart Broad and sliced the ball straight to Stokes at mid-point.
“I cannot believe a guy would play that shot – and you’re ranked the No.1 batsman in the world” Warne said on Sky Sports during commentry.
Chris Rogers and David Warner gave good start as accumulated 113 for the first wicket in their second inings to England’s 331 run lead at Trent Bridge.
Warner and Rogers scored 64 and 52 respectively before they fell to beauty Ben Stokes . Since then Australia suffered big collapse once again as they finished they day at 241 for 7, still trailing by 91 runs.
“It’s a lack of awareness, that was just horrific. It was a one-day wide just before tea,” aghast Warne continue on Sky Sports. “It’s not good enough. You just let that through to the keeper.
Meanwhile, another legend Ricky Ponting said England had set a trap to tempt Smith and said the vice-captain walked straight into it.
“I’m sure they’d be disappointed with that. They basically telegraphed how they were going to bowl to him. They pitched the ball up wide of off stump. He got one boundary away, tried to go again but unfortunately hit it straight to the fielder,” Ponting said.