Steve Smith may have served his one-year ban after the infamous ball-tampering scandal last year, but it seems like cricket fans and enthusiasts will still take a lot of time to get over the entire episode. The Australian right-handed batsman had to face the wrath of the crowd, yet again, during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs Australia match on Tuesday. Aaron Finch Hits 15th Hundred in ODIs and Second Ton in ICC CWC 2019 During ENG vs AUS Match at Lord's, Gets Dismissed On The Very Next Ball
After Usman Khawaja was dismissed by Ben Stokes in the 33rd over, Steve Smith came out to bat. The Aussies were reeling at 173-2 when Smith arrived at the crease. While he made his way to the ground, he was booed by spectators sitting at the Lord's cricket stadium in London.
Talking about the matter, former English spin bowler Graeme Swann said that England captain Eoin Morgan should have taken some efforts to stop the crowd from booing the former Australian captain. While speaking on ESPN, Swann said, "If you're going to turn up and boo, you shouldn't be here." Have a look at the video below.
Well said Swann
"If you're going to turn up and boo, you shouldn't be here."
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 25, 2019
Logical or illogical?
Cheer Ben Stokes
Boo Steve Smith
— NedsAU (@NedsAus) June 25, 2019
Grow up fans!
— Joel Rifkin (@JaredY31) June 25, 2019
That's not fair
Love Ben Stokes
Boo Steve Smith
English = NQR
— Ye Mags (@melly300313) June 25, 2019
A similar incident had occurred during the India vs Australia clash in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when Steve Smith was booed by Indian fans. Captain Virat Kohli, who was present on the field at that time, gestured the crowd to stop and urged them to cheer for the 30-year-old cricketer. The Indian skipper's kind gesture was well received by Smith, who thanked him for his sincere act, and was also praised by one and all on the social media. ‘I Am Sorry’ Virat Kohli Apologises to Steve Smith on Behalf of Indian Fans After They Boo Australian Cricketer With ‘Cheater’ Chants During IND vs AUS CWC 2019 Match (Watch Video)
Meanwhile, Australia had a great start in the match against England with a century by Aaron Finch (100) and half-century by David Warner (53).