Former Australian host Shane Lee said Steve Smith has looked really angry lately and the same signs like “Sandpaper Gate” could appear if Cricket Australia doesn’t act quickly. Smith was seen rubbing the area around the crease of the stick on day five of the third test between India and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground and social media users began to question the Australian batsman for his sense of the game. “He wasn’t trying to cheat, but he shouldn’t be on the wicket. I’m very, very concerned about some of our behavior,” Lee said. Fox cricket.
“Steve Smith scored a fantastic hundred in Sydney and the way he reacted afterwards, I thought, there’s real anger there. It’s disturbing.
“You are moving towards this Test: I see the same signs as before Sandpapergate. I see someone like Smith getting really, really angry.”
Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were barred from their involvement in the ball tampering scandal that surfaced during the 2018 test against South Africa in Cape Town.
Warner and Smith returned to action in 2019, but Lee thinks Smith has been looking very angry recently and that’s not a good sign.
“I think Smith, Warner and Bancroft should have been punished for what they did. It was appalling. But the way they were treated by Cricket Australia – they got no support,” Lee said. .
“I feel really worried about this guy (Smith). I really want Cricket Australia, or somebody within that organization, to make sure this guy is okay.
“Because he’s a champion beater and he’s not a cheater. We really have to take care of these guys from a mental health perspective,” Lee said.
India and Australia will play the fourth and final test at The Gabba, Brisbane, starting December 15.
The hosts had won the first Test while the visitors came back strongly in the second Test. Currently the series is at level 1-1.
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