Ball Tampering Row: English media goes savage on Steve Smith, calls him a cry-baby
29th March will be remembered for a long, long time in Global cricket, and not only limited to Australian cricket. The day saw the three perpetrators of the Sandpaper Gate issue an emotional apology for bringing shame to their cricketing culture.
As a result, prominent cricketing personalities from all across empathized with the disgraced trio of Australian cricket.
The likes of Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, VVS Laxman, Michael Clarke and many others poured in their sympathetic messages on the three players.
However, Australia’s arch-rival, England’s media has unleashed its wrath on former skipper Steve Smith, calling his emotional outburst at Sydney airport as a stunt. Many Dailies went on to call Smith a cry-baby.
The Daily Express headlined the event by saying,”Broken, Smith’s crying shame ball-tampering scandal.” The Daily Mail went ahead and captioned their headline as “Captain Cry-Baby.”
Meanwhile, Star Sport headed the incident as ‘Bawl-Tampering,’ ‘Crying shame of Aussie Cheats.’
Here are some of the articles
The reaction within the English media does not appear surprising. Both England and Australia share a cut-throat rivalry over centuries.
The recent Ashes defeat might also fuel these reactions from the English press. The Three Lions suffered a 4-nil drubbing down under last year, at the hands of the Aussies.
“To all of my teammates. to fans of cricket all over the world. And Also, To all Australians who are disappointed and angry. I’m sorry. I take full responsibility. there was a failure of leadership, of my leadership,” Steve Smith addressed the media yesterday at Sydney Airport.
“If any good can come of this, if there can be a lesson to others then I hope I can be a force for change. I know I’ll regret this for the rest of my life. I’m absolutely gutted. I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness,” concluded a teary-eyed Smith.
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