first_imgAfter Steve Smith’s heroics in the 4th Ashes Test at Old Trafford helped Australia retain the Ashes, it was believed that he would no more be subjected to crowd booing on English soil and that he had won hearts of his critics as well on the back of his phenomenal batting throughout the Ashes series.However, former Australia skipper Steve Smith was once again at the receiving end of ruthless slamming from England fans after pictures of a bespectacled Steve Smith celebrating the Ashes-retaining victory went viral on social media.In the picture that was taken by Getty Images photographer Ryan Piers, Smith appeared to mock England spinner Jack Leach. Australia legend Glenn McGrath was also part of the team celebrations.Jack Leach, who came out to bat at No.11 in the 3rd Test, rose to fame with his famous 1-run contribution in the crucial 76-run partnership with Ben Stokes for the 10th wicket that helped England remain alive in the Ashes series.As reported by The Sun, after their 185-run over England in the 4th Ashes Test, the Australian team returned to the pitch with beers where Smith donned a pair of glasses and also shadow batted left-handed in the “middle of a team huddle”Jack Leach mimicked his 1* when England won a classic.Steve Smith, a cheat, celebrated by openly mocking a fellow professional.Some people are just classier than others. https://t.co/rFuy1JYfTHTom Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) September 8, 2019Keeping it classy I see! #Ashes2019BoB (@mickie1975) September 8, 2019They couldnt go a whole tour without reverting to type. Classless cheats.advertisementNick Vale (@Nickva) September 9, 2019McGrath joined the huddle? I’m utterly shocked at the classlessnessJiggers (@Jiggermans) September 9, 2019Feel pity. You can’t buy class.Mark Jordan (@MarkSJordan) September 8, 2019Here’s hoping Leach comes out with sandpaper in the next test and then breaks down in tearsHudson (@huds8118) September 8, 2019Ah I see he has learned his lesson and is yet again embracing the spirit of the game in that peculiarly Aussie way… pic.twitter.com/MPAmJBEZRXcd (@chrdun) September 8, 2019Furthermore, Nathan Lyon, who picked up the last English wicket in a thrilling final session at Old Trafford, gave a speech that included a foul-mouthed rant about the press. The Aussies also chanted, “Who did we beat? England. How did we do it? Easy”.As photos of Steve Smith went viral on social media, England fans once again brought up the Sandpaper Gate Scandal and termed the Australians ‘classless’.Steve Smith smashed a double hundred in the first innings of the 4th Ashes as Australia took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the 5-match series. Smith has amassed 671 runs in 5 innings amid constant booing from the England fans. This is after he missed the 3rd Ashes Test with concussion after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the second match.Also Read | Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve HarmisonAlso Read | Ashes: Steve Smith was the difference, says Joe Root after losing 4th Test vs Australialast_img

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