Smith ends 16-month wait for Test hundred
08/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 435
India reach 96-2 after Steve Smith's 131 helps Australia's post 338 on day two of the third Test in Sydney.
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08/01/2021 08:29:40 131 17
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Oh come on...thats a bit rough.
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08/01/2021 09:48:44 23 4
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Starting from the scratch, he's had a pretty rough life and he's shown a lot a grit. Be kind, he reminds me of a cheater (the animal).
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08/01/2021 09:51:20 24 2
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Time to move on, don't let him rub you up the wrong way.
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08/01/2021 10:27:35 13 2
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That would rub everyone up the wrong way
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08/01/2021 10:28:11 10 5
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I don't know why you got down voted, I thought it was funny. Some people just don't have any sense of humour..
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08/01/2021 10:29:48 19 3
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Got to take the ROUGH with the SMOOTH.
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08/01/2021 11:13:57 15 3
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It's just papering over the cracks
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08/01/2021 11:52:47 8 1
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I'd expect a Steve Smith innings to be smoother than that...
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08/01/2021 12:36:13 9 1
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These Aussies can be abrasive characters but they know how to play cricket.
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08/01/2021 13:59:46 7 0
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Why so much friction from the down voters?
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08/01/2021 16:47:01 2 0
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Such coarse humour
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08/01/2021 17:05:02 2 0
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He's really made the grade.
Great player but his numbers are slightly misleading as most opposition attacks are blunted by Australian conditions. Just look at the home / away averages of Smith, Warner and Marnus in time. Removed
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08/01/2021 08:51:42 13 0
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Average of 67 (62 innings) at home and 57 (74 innings) away is not too shabby...
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08/01/2021 09:00:26 3 0
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I'd have been happy with his away average as a top score in my playing days! I'm afraid yours is a point not well made
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08/01/2021 08:55:06 17 10
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I'm English and I still like Steve Smith as an individual.

Ultimately, he is an "outstanding run scorer" but from a "technique" perspective, he will never be a "great batsman".

This is not least on account of the fact that the word "great" was used for the immortals twenty years ago but is used with ignorant flippancy nowadays.
I don't like him for the same reason I don't like Atherton. Cheats should never prosper. Difference is Atherton got away with rubbing dirt and grit on the ball because he was "drying it" I assume waster would go into the gouges he made. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:09:01 4 0
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'Cheats should never prosper.'

Have you been away?
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08/01/2021 09:17:17 8 0
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Atherton didn't get away with it. He was disciplined by the match umpire and the team manager Ray Illingworth, forced to apologise publicly, and to face a Press conference at Old Trafford, although he continued to deny that he had deliberately cheated. Lots of others did get away with cheating because messing with the ball was 'part' of the game.
He’s only a cheat coz he’s an Aussie lol. I remember Anderson and Broad getting in bother a few years back for scuffing the ball with their spikes and nowt ever came of it. Removed
He’s served his punishment for the sandpaper scandal. And you can’t bat with sandpaper, can you?

Plus Ben Stokes didn’t get any punishment from the ECB for assaulting members of the public on a night out. Not something a person who represents his country in a prestigious sport should get away with, it could be argued.

So give it a rest and appreciate his fine batsmanship.
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08/01/2021 09:11:00 10 10
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Oh yes. Plenty you can do to a bat with sandpaper.
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08/01/2021 09:12:16 6 3
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to be fair Ben Stokes should have got a reward. The guy needed it and a good service was done.
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08/01/2021 09:32:38 4 4
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What an utterly useless comparison
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08/01/2021 09:41:45 7 3
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I get what you're saying and he is a great batsman and a likeable guy, but maybe he wouldn't have scored so many runs if the opposition bowlers had used sandpaper against him too! How many careers did his team see off by cheating? Plus Ben stokes was found not guilty and it had nothing to do with cheating. I think he has served his time but he is also a cheat.
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08/01/2021 10:09:35 4 0
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Disagree....when cheating impacts upon the opposing teams scores in a negative way then that makes batting easier for the cheats....
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08/01/2021 10:15:52 11 1
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What Stokes did was in his private life, what Smith did was on field and stick two fingers up at the laws of the game, there is a difference.
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08/01/2021 10:23:52 9 3
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Stokes was found not guilty of assault so you are technically guilty of libel.
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08/01/2021 11:32:27 5 0
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He has served his punishment yes which is why he is being allowed to play. But wait you want the rest of us fans to not acknowledge a severe hole in his integrity, that’s the most despicable act to ever be committed on a cricket field. He is lucky he is still playing cricket, if you also want him to be so lucky that none of us ever mention his cheating then you’re asking for way too much.
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08/01/2021 08:28:37 16 15
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Once a *****, always a *****
Atherton? Removed
Once a cheat always a cheat. Should be nowhere near professional cricket!! Removed
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08/01/2021 09:17:40 1 0
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that's not quite true though. You are saying that people cannot possibly learn from a mistake?
Lots want to hold on to the South Africa debacle....out of curiosity, was that around the same time as racism throughout English cricket or do I have my time periods wrong? Removed
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08/01/2021 09:41:58 2 1
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Behaviour under pressure shows a man's true character
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No one is denying Smiths brilliance or that a supreme amount of self confidence is necessary to perform at this level

What sickens us all who love cricket that a blatant cheat who barely appear repentant or reformed continues to play for a country who pretend to play the game but in reality are win at all costs

It just isn't cricket
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08/01/2021 09:56:29 3 3
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I have to say, I don't recall England being a soft touch when it came to the win at all costs game. Australia cheated yes but so have most of the other countries and England can compete with the best of them when it comes to "Gamesmanship"
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08/01/2021 10:26:07 3 3
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What would you like Smith to do to prove he is repentant and reformed?
Aussies who I know were horrified by the whole affair in South Africa, the same as you James. Smith paid dearly compared to many others who have been caught tampering with the ball.
Do you have kids James? Remind them that we all make mistakes, take your punishment, learn from it and move on.
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08/01/2021 10:54:36 3 1
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Sanctimonious to the nth degree. Our cupboard ain't bare.
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08/01/2021 11:24:00 6 8
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Here is my genuine question. Maradona was a bigger cheat than Steve Smith but yet he's regarded by the world as the best of all time. He showed no remorse. I think Steve Smith was genuinely remorseful for the sandpaper, unlike Warner. Steve Smith is an outstanding cricketer, he's a joy to watch and I look forward to England trying to get him out in the Ashes. I wonder if they've worked it out yet!
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Strange how we treat "controversies" differently, usually on how the media spin it & our own prejudices? Maradona & Thierry Henry handballs? Atherton & Aussies illegality with a cricket ball? Smith has done his time & appears remorseful, his performances & demeanour since sandpapergate probably deserve our forgiveness. Conversely I can't summon any respect for Warner @ all, see what I mean?? Removed
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08/01/2021 11:59:48 10 3
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like a drunk driver who kills someone he,s only sorry because he got caught
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08/01/2021 09:29:57 22 1
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His weak leadership of the team ultimately led to sandpaper gate. He made big runs as captain but the behaviour of the team under him was often objectionable.
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For ALL those tempted to comment along the lines of Smith, convicted cheat, etc, maybe put the term Ball Tampering into Google, & trawl through the cases. ALL major Test nations have been caught at some point, inc cricket god Sachin Tendulkar. Marcus Trescothick said he'd found that Murray Mints produced the best sticky saliva to shine a ball. Bowlers have picked the seam forever, everywhere. Removed
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08/01/2021 12:13:25 12 3
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bit of spit is one thing but taking something that belongs in a carpenters toolbox out on a cricket field is intentional like going equiped to steal or was he going to use it to file his nails
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08/01/2021 12:13:51 6 0
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There are nuances to everything though aren't there, different degrees. At one end of the scale is trousering a packet of polo mints. At the other is heisting the Brinks Matt warehouse. In the sandpapergate instance, it was definitely more towards the Brinks Matt end of the scale.
Issue with Smith is none of us know how long sandpaper had been used. During previous series Aussie bowlers got swing where other teams couldn't. The great unknown.
As captain he oversaw systematic cheating
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08/01/2021 12:31:32 3 0
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How does that make Smith less of a cheat Tony?
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08/01/2021 12:34:53 2 1
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Rubbish point. Tendulkar cleaned the seam but South African TV managed to blow this up into a scandal. I watch most cricket live so don't come here with your bs.
Should you not be playing with Morph?
For ALL those tempted to comment along the lines of Smith, convicted cheat, etc, maybe put the term Ball Tampering into Google, & trawl through the cases. ALL major Test nations have been caught at some point, inc cricket god Sachin Tendulkar. Marcus Trescothick said he'd found that Murray Mints produced the best sticky saliva to shine a ball. Bowlers have picked the seam forever, everywhere. Removed
Issue with Smith is none of us know how long sandpaper had been used. During previous series Aussie bowlers got swing where other teams couldn't. The great unknown.
As captain he oversaw systematic cheating
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08/01/2021 12:13:25 12 3
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bit of spit is one thing but taking something that belongs in a carpenters toolbox out on a cricket field is intentional like going equiped to steal or was he going to use it to file his nails
Totally agree. It's like intentionally taking out sand from the nets pitch with a pre-meditated plan to get an advantage.

Like Mike Atherton who was fined a match fee and played the next game.

Disgusted and sanctimonious about that?
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08/01/2021 11:34:03 24 12
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Australia v India: Steve Smith hits century in third Test at Sydney...

The despicable Smith will forever be tainted for a premeditated act of cheating an opposing team. He was more than happy for a team mate to take all the blame has he gushed salty tears to save his sponsorship deals etc. An absolute disgrace of an individual who should have been given a life ban.
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08/01/2021 12:58:33 10 1
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As captain Smith is more culpable not less than Warner. Captains have a responsibility for all their players and by giving in to Warner he turned them all in to cheats. Personally, I believe he should have been banned for life to protect the integrity of all the Aussie players and management that weren't involved.
You think someone should be banned for life for the minor offence of ball tampering?
Atherton - £2000 fine
Tendulkar - 1 match ban
Dravid - 50% of match fee
England use of mints - never got caught
Afridi - two match ban (for biting the ball!)
Du plessis - two fines for two different offences!
sandpaper trio - 1 test ban, fine. Then after public outcry, cricket Australia imposed a draconian ban.
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08/01/2021 14:32:00 5 0
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I do agree that the others were lenient, but I would have banned them all.
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08/01/2021 14:36:04 12 0
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You just don’t get it do you? Taking a piece of sand paper on the field to change the state of the ball is totally different to any of the other offences. All teams try to push the rules as far as they can but using dirt sun screen or other things that are naturally available is totally different to bringing something on the field with the sole purpose of cheating.Should have been banned for life.
I don't like him for the same reason I don't like Atherton. Cheats should never prosper. Difference is Atherton got away with rubbing dirt and grit on the ball because he was "drying it" I assume waster would go into the gouges he made. Removed
He’s only a cheat coz he’s an Aussie lol. I remember Anderson and Broad getting in bother a few years back for scuffing the ball with their spikes and nowt ever came of it. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:17:17 8 0
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Atherton didn't get away with it. He was disciplined by the match umpire and the team manager Ray Illingworth, forced to apologise publicly, and to face a Press conference at Old Trafford, although he continued to deny that he had deliberately cheated. Lots of others did get away with cheating because messing with the ball was 'part' of the game.
pretty sure he was tampering with the ball, deliberately and got next to nowt for it. Removed
Fair enough to give the Aussies stick about Sandpapergate - but only as banter, not seriously. Players have been tampering with the ball for years - Waqar, Wasim, Atherton... Ridiculous to get sanctimonious about it, particularly as the Aussies received much tougher punishments than others that have been caught ball tampering. Removed
Cheats and liars are not welcome in cricket unlless you are an Australian selector. Don't give me the guff that against SA it was the first time he was complicit in cheating. If him and his team were so good and managed on skill alone to beat England why was it necessary to cheat against a lower ranked SA ream? Removed
Smith and Warner will have to live with the label if cheats for the rest of their lives, irrespective of what ever they achieve they will always be tarnished.

I was at the Oval in 2019 when India played Australia, kohli told the crowd to calm down but no body listened, we booed both constantly with the biggest cheer as they walked off the field out!
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Another concrete road for the sandpaper brigade to get runs on.... Removed
Ought you to include “convicted cheat” after his and Warner’s name in all articles. Removed
. No mention of Jadeja's fine efforts and achievement taking 4 on a pitch that was as flat as it comes. Besides, showed his brilliance in the field by running out Smith after picking up the ball on his wrong side.
Typical of BBC report. See a bias against Indians. Think the powers to be do not like brown color
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Say “cheat” in test cricket ....

There aren’t many.

But it does stick ......

Good bat....but....
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At least he won't have to worry about appearing on SPOTY which is a pity given that there won't be an audience. BBC in a bit of a woke hole and unable to change direction as can't be seen to be pandering to the majority. Removed
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You cannot sandpaper over the facts...he cried like a baby when he got caught cheating. Every time I see him batting, I remember the face and the tears of shame. Removed
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08/01/2021 18:59:19 6 3
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What about Atherton and the dirty dirt job!! Wasn't that cheating?
He was caught but nothing was done.
Double standards
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08/01/2021 19:31:43 2 0
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Good for you ...

Why though is Pope playing as meant to be in rehab and physio guess though no fielding.

Bit of a farce really but least the lads having a blow out.

India need a good blow out later for an all day batting to create some pressure in the Aussies bowling.

Crikey you and Scaarn been busy having comments removed ??
It wasn't even my doing I swear! I get past first round of mods and then it gets reported back for further forensic testing! ?? Removed
"You gotta sand it to him" removed as being off topic?!? You've lost the plot BBC. Removed
Oh I wondered why some of my comments had been removed, I forgot the BBC censored free speech to alter social narratives. Removed
Someone posts a tongue in cheek play on words comment about Steve Smith's sanding episode and the BBC removes it. My word, get a grip. Removed
Not just plays on words. Mentioned SPOTY and got cancelled. Removed
steve smith has learnt his craft playing beach cricket for SAND and will after he retires will write cricket articles for a daily aussie PAPER. He’s a good batsman, shame about the despicable incident, I wonder how many years and teams he did it before being caught!!!! Removed
Someone posts a tongue in cheek play on words comment about Steve Smith's sanding episode and the BBC removes it. My word, get a grip. Removed
Not just plays on words. Mentioned SPOTY and got cancelled. Removed
Someone posts a tongue in cheek play on words comment about Steve Smith's sanding episode and the BBC removes it. My word, get a grip. Removed
steve smith has learnt his craft playing beach cricket for SAND and will after he retires will write cricket articles for a daily aussie PAPER. He’s a good batsman, shame about the despicable incident, I wonder how many years and teams he did it before being caught!!!! Removed
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"You gotta sand it to him" removed as being off topic?!? You've lost the plot BBC. Removed
Oh I wondered why some of my comments had been removed, I forgot the BBC censored free speech to alter social narratives. Removed
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08/01/2021 22:02:57 0 0
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Oh and forced you to pay for it!
Wow the double standards from English supporters is bordering on infatuation with Smudge isn't it ? Very, very selective memories. Having said that, great to see Smith with a triple digit score in what will be a very close Test. India to bat last won't want more than 220 to chase. Removed
Well done Thieve smith on winning the first innings in the 3rd test. Showed your mettle against a depleted India side. Just a bunch of flat track bullies deliberately trying to injure India’s batsmen. Smith leading by example again. The Aussie commentators love-in with Smith is nauseating. From a England fan. Removed
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09/01/2021 05:57:39 5 1
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Smith is not captain nor a fast bowler. The track is not flat, plenty of variable bounce. Short pitch bowling has always been there. Not sure whether Smith is a thief. Home commentators talking up their own is hardly ground breaking - have you ever heard Aggers ? Other than that you make perfect sense.
Why are BBC removing some comments when mentioned smith’s sandpaper incident? Yes smith is a great batsman, but the controversy over the cheating incident will by far out shadow is batting skills. Don’t be pathetic BBC. And delete this, it’s free speech. Removed
Because it's not relevant. And Smith did not have sandpaper, did not administer sandpaper and the ball was so bad it wasn't even changed after the Umpires were alerted. Any mention of Murray mints, dirt in pockets,nets also get removed. Removed
Why are BBC removing some comments when mentioned smith’s sandpaper incident? Yes smith is a great batsman, but the controversy over the cheating incident will by far out shadow is batting skills. Don’t be pathetic BBC. And delete this, it’s free speech. Removed
Because it's not relevant. And Smith did not have sandpaper, did not administer sandpaper and the ball was so bad it wasn't even changed after the Umpires were alerted. Any mention of Murray mints, dirt in pockets,nets also get removed. Removed
If all fails.. I'm sure he'll do alright as a joiner. Removed