Steve Smith’s classy century that won Australia the Gabba Test made him the biggest target for English players when they took the ground at the Oval. As soon as Smith stepped in, Broad and Anderson started whispering things in his ears, because of which Aleem Dar had to intervene.
Sledging and intimidation have been synonymous with the Ashes, and are one of the major reasons why the historical series has never ceased to entertain people. Even the ongoing series kicked off with David Warner publicly expressing his hatred for the European opponents and numerous controversies ensued before it finally kicked off.
However, the officials have now become extremely strict against such actions and things like verbal bantering and whisperings also fall under serious breach of conduct. The introduction of stump mic, which has become a massive tool for inspection, also gives the players very little opportunities to escape with such antics now.
Hence, when James Anderson came onto Smith in the 57th over to whisper poison in his ear, umpire Aleem Dar was extremely cautious. Not only did he asked them to stop, but he kept himself between them until Anderson went back to his fielding position.
While it was a one-off thing by Anderson, Broad took it over the line as he ended every single one of his run-ups with a comment to unsettle the Aussie skipper. Smith wasn’t one to back-off either and at one point, their heated conversation also saw Broad pointing his fingers in his ears before Aleem Dar was again forced to cool things off. All the action on the field did have its effect on Smith who eventually was dismissed for just 40 when he misjudged the line of an Overton delivery.
However, the Twitterati had a gala time in all this as the rain delay did little to dampen the spirit of Ashes’ customary
Here are the funny tweets from the game:
Now, this is why the people love Ashes!
Would've been brilliant if this had happened!
Love Broad to get Smith and give him big the send off, bubbling nicely this, #ashes— Stephen Evans (@Ste6106) December 2, 2017
Aleem Dar trying to separate Smith and Anderson was the funniest part!
And then this happened! Well done Craig Overton! _/\_
Craig Overton first man to bowl Steve Smith in a Test match in Australia since Trent Boult in November 2015. Faced 2,131 balls since then— Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) December 2, 2017
23 Year Old Craig Overton Marks His Debut By Bowling Out Steven Smith As His Maiden Wicket. Couldn't Make A Better Debut. Impressive Young Talent. #ENGvAUS #AUSvENG #Ashes #SteveSmith #CraigOverton pic.twitter.com/ZsBA5yshAV— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 2, 2017
Does this mean Tom Field>Steve Smith? Food for thought! :P
But Australia's hero today was Usman Khawaja!
Day-night Test specialist!
Seems like Usman Khawaja only likes to play at the night games. #Ashes— bidhyut choudhury (@bidhyut14) December 2, 2017
Was this the turning point of the game?
Well, never mind!
Anderson strike Usman Khawaja 53(112) gone Drive the ball find the edge James vinces at Gully caught the catch #Ashes— Chirath Vithanage (@ChirathV) December 2, 2017
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