Show a bit of class! Angry fans hit out at Steve Smith after Australia’s Ashes hero ‘mocks’ Jack Leach by wearing glasses for his side’s celebrations while poking fun at his attempts to get him out at Old Trafford before side travel to London for the final Test
- Australia retained the Ashes on Sunday after beating England in the fourth Test
- They now lead 2-1 in the series with just one match to play at the Oval
- But England needed to win series to regain the urn from Australia
- Australia celebrated Old Trafford win by mocking England and Jack Leach
Steve Smith was already the pantomime villain for England fans but he has riled them even more following Australia’s celebrations after they retained the Ashes on Sunday.
Australia bowled out England late on in the final day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford to take a 2-1 lead with just one to play – with a series draw enough to ensure the famous urn will be staying down under.
Smith has been consistently booed by home fans throughout the series as a result of the fallout of sandpapergate, and following a ban the batsman is playing his first Test matches following the cheating scandal.
Steve Smith wears glasses appearing to mock Jack Leach as he celebrates retaining the Ashes at Old Trafford alongside Nathan Lyon and surrounded by joyous Australia team-mates
Smith cavorts with Nathan Lyon while wearing glasses as he mocks England’s Jack Leach
Smith gives the thumbs up as Australia leave soggy Manchester to travel to London on Monday
Smith was accused by England fans of showing a lack of respect to Leach in the celebrations
Australia appeared to poke fun at the England bowler following his Headingley celebrations
But while Smith has made fun of England’s bowling attack by consistently posting huge crucial scores throughout the series, he has taken the mocking to outside the Test arena too after poking fun at spin bowler Jack Leach.
Two hours after securing victory, Australia returned to the pitch in a celebratory mood with beers in hand and dressed in their cricket whites.
After Nathan Lyon gave a foul mouthed speech about the press he invited Smith into a team huddle, with the Aussie talisman wiping off a pair of glasses and shadow batting left handed to hilarity among his team-mates.
Australia are celebrating retaining the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years
The celebrations appear to be a response to the glasses wearing Leach, who after helping England win the third Test at Headingley led his team-mates on the pitch to recreate the one run he scored in his last wicket 76 partnership with Ben Stokes.
England supporters were left furious with the celebrations on Twitter with one leading a foul mouthed rant saying: ‘So Steve Smith, this “good lad” who’s served his time who we’re all supposed to feel sorry for and not boo, celebrated tonight by putting glasses on and taking the piss out of Jack Leach! The man is nothing but a c**t amongst a team of p****s! #CheatingB******s’
Another branded the Australia team as classless, saying ‘Feel pity. You can’t buy class.’
Others claimed the tourists as bad winners, while some were less surprised by Smith’s mocking comparing it to his ‘cheating’ past.
Celebrations continued with chants of ‘Who did we beat? England. How did we do it? Easy’ followed by the team getting down and doing press ups
The mocking of Leach continued as Australia players shouted ‘no ball’ and ‘come back Smithy’, with Leach having dismissed the batsman in the first innings of the Old Trafford Test only to have been ruled to bowl a no-ball.
The celebrations continued with chants of ‘Who did we beat? England. How did we do it? Easy’ before getting down and doing press-ups.
Australia, who were enjoying their first series win in England for 18 years also lauded skipper Tim Paine by singing, ‘Same old Painey, always winning’ as a play on the home crowd’s chants of ‘same old Aussies always cheating’ which have been sung towards the tourists throughout the summer.
Leach dismissed Smith in Australia’s first innings but had bowled a no ball in the process
Leach and England captain Joe Root react after Smith’s reprieve for the no ball on Thursday