Why Did You Cheat? Young Cricketer Asks Steve Smith Following 12 Month Suspension
Young cricketers from Australia has been largely disappointed with what happened during the 3rd Test against South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town. The politicians, cricketing pundits, and even the former Aussie players are demanding strong actions against Smith and Warner. Cameron Bancroft who was caught on camera trying to apply a foreign substance on it has been handed a 9-month suspension as per reports. Meanwhile, Warner and Smith have been suspended for 12 months while they won’t be able to lead the side in the next two years.
Some of the fans are pretty shell-shocked that why did they even think of carrying out such a heinous task when so many cameras are always focused on the players. Twelve-year-old Benji Harris who is a right-arm wrist spinner from the inner West of Sydney asked Smith. ”
“Why did you do it?” He felt that the Australian team didn’t need to cheat to win.
Meanwhile, junior coach Shannon O’Connell and his sons Riley and Adan who plays for the Valley District Cricket Cup in Brisbane said that why they needed a conspiracy among senior team leaders and Bancroft when the Australian bowlers were clearly in sensational form after a 4-0 Ashes series victory. They were at their best even in the opening Test which saw them take a 1-0 lead.
Benji Harris was pretty disappointed but said that with time the people of Australia would forgive him eventually. The Australian players “have said things about other people cheating,” he said. “I thought if they’re saying these things, they obviously don’t cheat.”
He’s been playing the game competitively for six years, but says he’s “loved it for much longer than that.” The Harris family had cherished a photo of Benji and his two brothers taken with Smith – wearing his Big Bash League Twenty20 league uniform – near their home in 2013. However, the photographer isn’t proud of the picture right now. However, Benji feels that the angry public will eventually forgive the players.
“But it’s hard to because they’ve done such a thing that has put a label on the whole of Australia, that we are cheaters,” he said. “It’s not the whole of Australia that has done this. So It’s hard to forgive them for putting something on us that we haven’t done.”
“I’ve heard so many instances of things like that but what (the Australians) did was a lot worse,” Benji said. “They stepped over the line by a long way – they tampered with the ball,” Benji further said.
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