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Kristof

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So - why are the Poms still calling Smith a cheat?

Surely the worst he did was not actively discover and prevent a teammate breaking the rules, but he's also not ******* Scooby Doo. Maybe he just didn't pay any attention to Davey Warner, which frankly sounds quite sensible.
 

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John Who

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Went to bed with England 8 down and 25 odd overs to bowl. Would have been an absolute injustice had the game been drawn.

Really great fighting effort by the boys! Steve Smith all class, 82 runs after a double century! But what impressed me the most was his willingness to risk his wicket trying to make quick runs in the second dig. He could have easily batted in singles to get his century, but at the expense of precious time spent on having more time to bowl at England. This to me shows he’s really batting for the team and not for individual accolades, absolute heart!
 

John Who

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So - why are the Poms still calling Smith a cheat?

Surely the worst he did was not actively discover and prevent a teammate breaking the rules, but he's also not ******* Scooby Doo. Maybe he just didn't pay any attention to Davey Warner, which frankly sounds quite sensible.
He was captain so he had to have known in some capacity what was going on. I don’t have a problem with a penalty just initially I felt 1 year was too long for the level of “crime”. Having said that, Smith scoring runs in the way he has since coming back, has been absolutely all class.
 

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So - why are the Poms still calling Smith a cheat?

Surely the worst he did was not actively discover and prevent a teammate breaking the rules, but he's also not ******* Scooby Doo. Maybe he just didn't pay any attention to Davey Warner, which frankly sounds quite sensible.
Yeah you just gotta laugh at Steve Harmison saying smith will only ever be remembered as a cheat.

No Harmy, he will be remembered as a once in a generation, prolific and unique batsmen who almost singlehandedly destroyed your pissweak countrymen.

You on the other hand will always be remembered as bowling the widest wide ever bowled in test cricket.....
 

Punchy Bassett

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So - why are the Poms still calling Smith a cheat?

Surely the worst he did was not actively discover and prevent a teammate breaking the rules, but he's also not ******* Scooby Doo. Maybe he just didn't pay any attention to Davey Warner, which frankly sounds quite sensible.
Considering their captains have actively cheated over the years. You won't find bigger hypocrites than England sport supporters

Also karma

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Punchy Bassett

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Yeah you just gotta laugh at Steve Harmison saying smith will only ever be remembered as a cheat.

No Harmy, he will be remembered as a once in a generation, prolific and unique batsmen who almost singlehandedly destroyed your pissweak countrymen.

You on the other hand will always be remembered as bowling the widest wide ever bowled in test cricket.....
Harmison who was part of the mint brigade? As I said hypocrites
 

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So - why are the Poms still calling Smith a cheat?

Surely the worst he did was not actively discover and prevent a teammate breaking the rules, but he's also not ******* Scooby Doo. Maybe he just didn't pay any attention to Davey Warner, which frankly sounds quite sensible.
Because Harmison is still trying to deflect from his performance in the 2006 series :D
 

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Seems Paine is a very good leader given what happened 1 year ago but he sure is a s**t captain.....AFAIK, he also did captain Tasmania in the Shields but not very well?
 

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Nope. Nowhere near the same impact. Stokes was good, but Smith scored nearly half of Australia's runs in the tests he played.
Smith didn't play the 3rd test, and the only way England won was a Ben Stokes miracle. If it wasn't for his century in the second test we may well have won that one. If he could have bowled this test it may well have been a draw. He is a very, very good player.
 

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Captained alright yesterday.
Setting defense field in the middle session when Butler and Bairstow were never going to chase the runs....OMG, they actually did end up edging a few behind the wicket through the gap as we only had 2-3 slips. But credit to Paine for finally bringing in a RH Leg Spin to a LH batter to pitch it into the rough after a hour later of continually bowled an injured Lyon with Leech continue to leave the ball leaving him and blocking the straight one.....OMG and who told the fast bowlers to continue to ball bouncers at Overton and Leech for nearly 1 hour....OMG, then when Hazelwood decide to attack the stumps he get Overton with a LBW.
 

Kristof

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Yeah you just gotta laugh at Steve Harmison saying smith will only ever be remembered as a cheat.

No Harmy, he will be remembered as a once in a generation, prolific and unique batsmen who almost singlehandedly destroyed your pissweak countrymen.

You on the other hand will always be remembered as bowling the widest wide ever bowled in test cricket.....
Plus, not to sugarcoat it, but Harmison and England cheated that entire series by using mints to get artificial shine on the ball.
 

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Smith didn't play the 3rd test, and the only way England won was a Ben Stokes miracle. If it wasn't for his century in the second test we may well have won that one. If he could have bowled this test it may well have been a draw. He is a very, very good player.
Also if Smith played the 2nd innings at lords he would have been in the slip postion warner was in when he dropped Stokes on 9....
 

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One thing that gets glossed over due to how good Smith is, is how good Cummins is.

Wasn't long ago the bloke couldn't string 2 games together, now he is THE premier fast bowler in world cricket
Totally agree. The first time I saw him I thought this kids got a massive future.

BTW there is a great video on Youtube of how the powerhouse west indies team of the 80's was built from the destruction caused by Lillee and Thompson on the 75-76 tour. The Windies had the last laugh.

This isn't the one I mentioned above bit it's a great snippet.

 

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