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Cricket fans slam ‘childish’ Steve Smith for showing ‘no dignity’ in Australia’s test vs Sri Lanka

Cricket fans criticize ‘childish’ Steve Smith for showing ‘no dignity’ as he BLOWS at Usman Khawaja over shocking runout

  • Smith has been verbally abused for his reaction to a run-out with Usman Khawaja
  • Huge confusion between the pair left Smith behind just six runs
  • He gestured wildly at Khawaja and continued to show his anger as he walked away
  • Fans were confused, calling the response “childish” and “petulant”
  • Australia ended the day at 3-98 after bowling Sri Lanka for 212

Aussie batter Steve Smith has been criticized by cricket fans for his response to a huge confusion that led to a runout during the Australian Test against Sri Lanka, with his reaction being ‘childish’, ‘stimulating’, ‘disrespectful’ and showing ‘no dignity’.

Smith came in 2-75 late in the day after Australia narrowed Sri Lanka to just 212, but a mix-up with opener Usman Khawaja saw Smith run out for just six of 11 balls.

It left Australia still rather precariously placed at 3-98 at the end of the day, still 114 runs behind a pitch at the Galle International Stadium that is proving hard to beat.

While some blamed Khawaja, other fans debated who was really to blame — though most agreed fully that Smith’s response was groundless, anyway.

Sri Lankan players are delighted to see Steve Smith run out and leave Australia at 3-83

Sri Lankan players are delighted to see Steve Smith run out and leave Australia at 3-83

In the footage, Smith hits a forward defensive shot towards cover, holds up his hand and yells no, then begins to take off for a single, with both batters trying to make the point before Khawaja appears to send Smith back despite the fact that he almost reached the middle.

Smith ducked back to the crease, but came up short.

“This is a problem… Steve Smith is absolutely furious, furious… confusion everywhere,” commentators said, calling the match live.

Steve Smith (third from left) is sent back by Usman Khawaja

Steve Smith (third from left) is sent back by Usman Khawaja

Smith continued to gesturing wildly, mumbling and shaking his head all the way back to the pavilion, with one Twitter user commenting: ‘Luckily Australia has two team buses. Don’t expect those two to be in the same tonight.”

Many would argue that there is never any reason to openly rip strips of a teammate, no matter who is at fault.

Steve Smith leaves the ground after taking a huge dive to avoid running out

Steve Smith leaves the ground after taking a huge dive to avoid running out

Eccentricities and brilliance have been Smith’s calling card for a number of years, but he is now 32nd on a list of highest test averages since the 2019 Ashes series, and he hasn’t scored a century in over 18 months.

Fans and pundits seemed to indicate that his hyper-focus on individual run-making has put him on a “stinging” path, saying he needs to “grow up.”

He also left himself open to criticism for pushing the boundaries to get a questionable single in a five-day test match.

Khawaja has never been known as the strongest fielder or runner between the wickets – but he is certainly useful enough at the test level and Smith is a great athlete.

Steve Smith was seen with his arms outstretched to Khawaja, who had his back turned to him

Steve Smith was seen extending his arms to Khawaja, who had his back turned to him

And of course, whose fault was it really?

There is often no definitive answer when it comes to running out, and many social media fans and pundits disagreed on whether it was Khawaja’s or Smith’s fault.

Prominent cricket journalist Andrew Wu even boldly suggested that Smith was unlucky.

Smith gestures to the Sri Lankan crowd ahead of an ODI match on June 19

Smith gestures to the Sri Lankan crowd ahead of an ODI match on June 19

As Dickwella always liked, Steve Smith was ‘a little stiff, the keeper was the one throwing the ball in and not the stumps,’ he wrote on Twitter.

Khawaja, who finished the day with 47 not out, will now try to consolidate with Travis Head (6 not out) and build a good lead for Australia on day two.

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