The official fan army of England, Barmy Army, trolled former Australian captain Steve Smith with a now-deleted distasteful post on his birthday on June 2, Friday. The fan army tweeted a photo of Smith crying with a ‘see you soon’ message. Notably, the picture is from Steve Smith’s press conference at the Sydney Airport where the Australian star addressed the ball-tampering controversy in 2018 and broke down in tears.
The post included a picture of crying Smith on his 34th birthday from the conference and wrote, "Happy Birthday Steve Smith. See you soon." Notably, Smith is currently in England as he gears up for the forthcoming World Test Championship final against India, starting on June 7. The Australian team will then take on England in the five-match Ashes series, starting from June 26.
Going back to the incident, Smith took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal that took place in South Africa in 2018. Notably, Smith and David Warner were banned for a year each by Cricket Australia, while Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.
However, the fans were clearly not happy with the tweet of Barmy Army and slammed the army for their actions, after which the tweet was taken down. Following his ban, the right-handed batsman made an explosive comeback and scored a ton in the first Ashes Test against England at Birmingham.
Not only this but he was also lauded for a phenomenal score of 774 runs in the Ashes 2019 with an average of 110.54. Smith’s feat with his bat in the 2019 Ashes added up to the best-ever batting performance of all time in the history of the tournament.