Peter Siddle slams Steve Harmison
Australia pacer Peter Siddle has slammed former England fast-bowler Steve Harmison after the latter had mentioned that Steve Smith will forever be branded as a ‘cheat’ despite his incredible performances on the field.
The former England fast-bowler was citing the infamous ball-tampering scandal that saw Steve Smith and David Warner banned from the game from 12 months and Cameron Bancroft suspended for 9 months. Steve Harmison also believes that irrespective of what Smith made more success on the field, the cricketing world would always remember and tag him as a cheat.
“I don’t think you can forgive him. When you’re known as a cheat – and he is, I’m not going to sugar-coat it – that’s on your CV. You’re marked and you take it to the grave,” Steve Harmison told talkSPORT.
“Whatever Steve Smith does, he’ll always be remembered for what happened in South Africa,” he added in a statement.
“That’s something he’s got to live with. I can’t see anyone’s opinion changing on Smith, Bancroft, or Warner – because they’ve tarnished the game,” Harmison further added.
Reacting to this, Steve Smith’s teammate Peter Siddle came into Smith’s defence and launched a scathing attack at the former England fast-bowler. The Australia fast bowler also pointed towards a specific incident form the past to make his statement very clear.
“It’s more of a laugh than anything because we know some stories about what has gone on in the past,” Siddle told SEN SA Breakfast. “A couple of his teammates from back then put out books since the ‘05 Ashes and talked about sugar-coating the cricket ball to get reverse swing in that series.”
“That’s the irony in all that, that he actually used the word sugar-coat, when two of his teammates have talked about mints and different things to put on the ball. It actually comes back on him.
“We’ll have the last laugh about that, and I think Steve Smith has definitely put those to rest and he’s just done his talking with the bat,” he added.
After making a sensational comeback from the ban slapped on him owing to the ball-tampering scandal, Smith has been in a terrific run of form in the Ashes. He has scored as many as 671 runs and has become the second-fastest batsman to register 26 Test centuries.
He registered his third double century against England, all the three coming in the Ashes. This goes to show how Steve Smith is an important player in the Ashes series.