Steve Smith is No Monster – In the New, Conscience-Free Version of Cricket

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Steve Smith is No Monster – In the New, Conscience-Free Version of Cricket

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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nce upon a time, there existed “the gentleman’s game”. But it died a slow death.

On Saturday, Australian captain Steve Smith put the final nail in the coffin with some blatantly ungentlemanlike behaviour. Smith provided us with the latest proof that in today’s version of cricket, lying, cheating, and stealing are as common as batting, bowling, and fielding. Not only did he attempt to tamper with the ball to screw with the South African batsmen, he went the extra Machiavellian mile in having rookie Cameron Bancroft do the deed, to insulate himself from the blame.

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