One of the most fierce and intense cricketing rivalries can be seen during the famous Ashes between two arch-rivals, Australia and England. While both the teams are gearing up for the big tournament, fans are also excited to see two cricketing giants clash against each other in the summer rivalry. Meanwhile, some players can also be seen engaging in war of words and funny banters before the onset of the game. A recent clash of words took place between the English pacer Stuart Broad and former Australian captain, Steve Smith.
Broad started a war of words calling The Ashes "null and void". While this was enough to leave the Australian cricket aficionados furious, Smith was quick to respond to his statement and took a cheeky dig at the legendary bowler. In a latest banter, when the English pacer was trying to irk the Australians, Smith gave it back to Broad, when the former said that his team loves to go after Smith and get him out in any way possible. He also said that Smith averages 60, which is quite dangerous for the Englishmen.
Commenting on an Instagram post, he said, "To be fair I love it any time we get him out, in any variety, cause he averages 60." However, things turned interesting when nobody was expected from the Australian side to reply to Broad’s comment, Smith turned up and took a cheeky dig at his comment and wrote he might get better at his average rate. Replying to Broad, he wrote, “Hopefully 65 by the end of the summer."
Notably, Smith has made 32 appearances in one of the fiercest cricket battles of all times, and averages 59.68. In the last Ashes in 2019, he smashed 774 runs at the average of 110.57.