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Twitter goes savage on Steve Smith post recent antics, calls him a ‘cheat’

Things have gone only spiralling down for Australian captain Steve Smith, the past 24 hours. South Africa was running away with the game at Cape Town with a massive lead in the second innings.

With the match moving out of reach of the Australians, the so-called leadership group featuring Smith and vice-captain David Warner resorted to unfair means and brought disrepute to their cricketing culture.

For those unaware of the sequence of events which unfolded during the post-lunch session on Day 3, the prime perpetrator of the ‘Sandpaper gate’, Cameron Bancroft, used a foreign object on the ball, which was smuggled to the park in his pocket.

Steven Smith David Warner
Steven Smith David Warner

Bancroft was caught on the camera rubbing the yellow paper on the ball to scruff up the surface, in order to exaggerate the reverse swing. Shockingly, this was a premeditated move made by the Steve Smith and co. prior to the start of the session.

However, after Bancroft’s antics were telecasted at the pavilion, coach Darren Lehmann, through a walkie-talkie, communicated with 12th man Peter Handscomb, to convey the opening batsman that Smith’s little secret experiment has been busted.

Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Australia, South Africa, Cape Town
Steven Smith during a press conference. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shortly after, Bancroft was seen trying to hide the yellow sandpaper into his underwear before the umpires decided to have a talk with Smith’s scapegoat. Bancroft, instead pulled out a black cloth to deceive the umpire, adding to the disgrace.

The press conference post the day’s play witnessed both Bancroft and Steve Smith blatantly concede to cheating and tampering the ball.

Moreover, Smith’s stupidity was further to be exhibited by the fact that his experiment did not work on the ball as the umpires did not see any foul play which would have forced them to change the ball.

Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Australia, South Africa, Cape Town
Umpires questioned Cameron Bancroft at Newlands. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, Smith and Warner, later stepped down as captain and vice-captain of the team, following orders from ASC. Subsequently, Smith was handed a one-match ban while Bancroft was set free with a fine of 75% if his match fees and 3 demerit points.

This is not the first time Steve Smith’s integrity has been questioned. During last year’s Border Gavaskar Trophy, Smith looked at the dressing room, after being adjudged leg before, in order to take consultation for taking a review. Yet, he termed the entire fiasco as a ‘brainfade’.

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However, Twitter was largely unforgiving for Smith’s latest antics, and continued bashing the Australians for being ‘cheats’.

Here’s a look at some of the reactions

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