The first match of the Ashes 2023 is being played at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham. In the very first match of the series, both the teams were seen putting on a strong performance. Meanwhile, a video of Australian legend Steve Smith is currently going viral on social media. In the video, fans who came to the ground to support the English cricket team, try to troll Smith.
Steve Smith is one of the greatest batsmen in the history of Australian cricket team. But his career took a turn in 2018, which cannot be forgotten even today. Steve Smith was caught tampering with the ball during the Test match against South Africa. In this background, a major action was also taken against him. Smith has been punished for his mistake and has made a strong comeback in the team. But almost five years after the incident, Smith is still trolled. The video that is going viral is from the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test. In the video, a fan from the Edgbaston stand tries to dislodge Smith. Smith did not appear to respond in any way, but his displeasure was evident on his face.
What is the Sandpaper Gate scandal?
Meanwhile, the Australian team was criticized from all over the world after this ball tampering case. The then Australian captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were found guilty in this. The third Test match of the tour of South Africa was played in Cape Town. In the same match, Australian opener Bancroft was caught in Cameron while tampering with the ball at the ground. He had tried to rub the ball with the help of sandpaper, so that the ball would turn on the pitch. It is for this reason that the case is known in cricket history as the Sandpaper Gate scandal. However, this strategy of the team cost them dearly.
After the case came to light, captain Smith admitted to all the charges. Smith was in tears while speaking at the press conference. Smith and Warner were banned from playing cricket for one year each, while Bancroft was banned for nine months. Along with this, two of the team were also banned for the captaincy. Warner’s captaincy ban has not been lifted yet. (Steve Smith was trolled by spectators during the Edgbaston Test over the Sandpaper Gate scandal)
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