Former Australian skipper, Steve Smith has been batting exceptionally well ever since he has made a comeback to Test cricket in the ongoing Ashes series against England. He has scored 671 runs in five innings so far in the five-match Test series, has helped the Aussies to retain the Ashes for the first time in 18 years.
Smith made a comeback to Test cricket after serving a 12-month ban for the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, that saw him getting banned along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft from all forms of cricket for a year.
After Smith’s heroics with the bat in Ashes 2019, English county club Somerset Cricket decided to take a dig at the cricket on Twitter on Friday. Somerset shared a picture of Jack Leach with Steve Smith with the caption “One of the greatest batsmen of this generation having a chat with Steve Smith at the Oval this evening.”
— Somerset Cricket 🏏 (@SomersetCCC) September 12, 2019
Earlier, Smith was immensely criticized by the England fans after a picture of him mimicking Jack Leach went viral on social media. According to various reports in English media, after the win in Manchester, he was seen shadow batting left-handed while wearing glasses in the middle of a team huddle.
After his return, Steve has jumped back to the number one position in Test rankings for batsmen. He is averaging 134.20 in the Ashes and is 297 runs ahead of the second-best batsman in the series, Ben Stokes who has 374 runs to his name in nine innings. In the series so far, Australia is having a 2-1 lead with one match to go as the hosts had won the Headingley Test owing to the heroics of Ben Stokes with bat and ball.