The third Test match between England and Australia is being played at Headingley Stadium. The second day of the match saw a verbal altercation between Steve Smith and Jonny Bairstow. By the end of the second day’s play, Australia had scored 116 for 4 in the second innings. Although this is the 100th Test match of Smith’s career, the Australian giant has not been able to make this match memorable.
Steve Smith took to the field to play his 100th Test match on Thursday (July 6). In the first innings, he scored 22 runs off 31 balls and lost his wicket. So on Friday (July 7) i.e. in the second innings of the match, he returned to the tent after scoring just 2 runs. The regret of not being able to play a big game in the important match of his career was seen on Smith’s face. In this way, it was also seen that the atmosphere between England’s wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow (Jonny Bairstow) and Smith got heated.
Australia lost their third wicket in the 28th over of the second innings on Friday. It was Steve Smith’s wicket, which Moeen Ali got. He was caught by Ben Duckett in the slips off Moeen Ali. After England got this wicket, the wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow tried to defuse Smith. The conversation between the two was captured on Stumps’ mic. Initially, Bairstow used a special word for Smith, which even Smith could not understand. At this, Smith angrily asks, “What did you say, friend?” Bairstow replies, “Cheers! See you again soon.” After this, luckily both the players held their own and the dispute did not escalate further. This video is currently going viral on social media.
“See ya, Smudge!” 👋
“What was that, mate?!? HEY!” 😠
Jonny Bairstow getting in Steve Smith’s head 👀 pic.twitter.com/PyTKFuaC4s
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 7, 2023
If we consider the match as a whole, the bowlers are getting more advantage than the batsmen at Headingley. In the first innings, Mark Wood took 5 wickets for England, while captain Pat Cummins took 6 wickets for Australia. Australia were bowled out for 263 in the first innings, while England were bowled out for 237 in reply. Australia got a lead of 26 runs in the first innings and by the end of the second day’s play, Australia has scored 116 runs for 4. (Ashes 2023 Jonny Bairstow “See ya, Smudge!” then Smith says, “What was that, mate?!? HEY!”)
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