English fans blasted Steve Smith over his glasses celebration mocking England’s Jack Leach, with one fan tagging him ‘classless.’ Aussie fans hit right back with reminders of Leach’s celebration last week after England’s miraculous win at Leeds.
About two hours after their 185-run win at Old Trafford to ensure that the Ashes urn returns home with them, the Aussie players and staff returned to the pitch dressed in their whites and with beers to celebrate.
Nathan Lyon opened the ‘ceremony’ with a speech on the outfield, which included a foul-mouthed rant about the press. Then he invited Smith into the middle of the team huddle – and the run machine wiped a pair of glasses, put them on and shadow batted left-handed to much laughter from his pals.
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The former Aussie skipper was clearly taking the mick out of Leach. England’s bespectacled spinner scored one not out at Headingley to help the hosts win two weeks ago and he later replicated his run in the middle during England’s own celebrations in Leeds. So this was the Aussies giving back to England a taste of their own actions, with shouts of “no ball” and “come back Smithy” also heard, in reference to when Leach dismissed Smith in the first innings at Old Trafford for 118, only to find out that he had overstepped.
Some England fans took exception to Smith’s mocking, with one tweeting, “Feel pity. You can’t buy class.”
Another tweeted, “Here’s hoping Leach comes out with sandpaper in the next test and then breaks down in tears,” referring to Smith’s actions after he was found guilty in the sandpaper scandal last year in Cape Town. But Australian supporters pointed out the double standards shown as nobody had an issue when the shoe was on the other foot after Headingley.
The Aussies later chanted “Who did we beat? England. How did we do it? Easy” and got down and did press-ups, as their legendary cricketer Glenn McGrath joined the side in their boozy celebrations outside. Lyon closed the show by leading a rendition of their team song, Under the Southern Cross, before the team serenaded their skipper Tim Paine by singing, ‘Same old Painey, always winning’ – adapting the ‘Same old Aussies, always cheating’ chant which crowds have greeted them with all summer.