Australia Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has slammed England fans for jeering Steve Smith after he suffered a concussion during the second Test at Lord s. Smith was struck on his neck by a vicious bouncer from England pacer Jofra Archer when he was batting on 80 runs in the second Ashes Test. After the blow, he had to walk off the ground but was booed upon on his return to the middle.
“A draw for the second test but it was a total Ashes foul for the crowd at Lords to boo Steve Smith,” Morrison wrote in a Facebook post.
“His performance on the pitch during his return to Test Match cricket in the UK demands nothing other than respect. He s a champion and has handled the events of the past year with a real humility.”
“I m extremely proud of Steve Smith, and it s not just because he comes from the Shire. The crowd could learn a thing or two from Steve Smith and I look forward to him answering his hecklers with bat and ball in hand to bring home the Ashes.”
Meanwhile, The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), in a one of its kind penalty, removed one of its members after he sledged Smith inside the Long Room of Lord’s pavilion.
According to a report in news.com.au, the unidentified member called the former Australian skipper a cheat and a disgrace while he was walking back to the dressing room.
The England supporters group, Barmy Army issued a statement which read that they were not involved in the boos at Lord s.