Sri Lanka scripted a historic win against the number one Test team Australia in the second and final Test at Galle International Stadium in Galle. The home team was carried over the finish line by debutant Prabath Jayasuriya’s 10-wicket-haul and Dinesh Chandimal’s double century.
But what also helped the Lankans was the big Aussie batting collapse in the second innings, where the visitors folded for just 151 runs in 41 overs. In this poor batting display, a lot of blame was targeted towards Steve Smith for his review after being plumb in front of the stumps. Jayasuriya sent out a slightly turning delivery which hit Smith on the back pad.
Fans on social media platforms were quick to call out this blunder and also deemed the review by Steve Smith as one of the worst reviews in Test cricket. The netizens also went on to call Smith selfish for opting for the DRS despite being clearly out.
Check out some of these reactions here:
@stevesmith49 selfish, arrogant review. Fact!
— gypo (@Guirgguis) July 11, 2022
That shocking review from Steve Smith is the direct result of Marnus and Steve never thinking they’re out in the nets.
Humorous seeing this type of vision in the nets but baffling when wasting a review out in the middle ?#SLvAUS
— Jack Molloy (@jackmolloy94) July 11, 2022
— Anthony Campbell (@mintycampbell) July 11, 2022
Steve Smith with quite possibly one of the most selfish reviews of all time
— Adam (@WitlessWolrab) July 11, 2022
Steve Smith was jealous his boss Pat Cummins would win a series in the same place he got whitewashed 5 years ago. Hence he didn't help Cummins with the reviews and even got a flamboyant 4 ball duck in the ultra crucial 4th innings.
— Kaushik Ram (@KaushikRam25) July 11, 2022
There’s people living in the shadows of Machu Picchu who’ve never seen a cricket ball bowled who would’ve identified that as plumb. Steve Smith somehow didn’t. A desperate and selfish review. #AUSvSL
— David Neil (@DaveNeil1414) July 11, 2022
I’ve defended Steve Smith whilst others haven’t, but that’s an incredibly selfish review.
— Andy (@Suburbia3121) July 11, 2022
One of the worst reviews you’ll see there from Steve Smith. Aussies in big trouble, Sri Lanka in the box seat to level the series 1-1 #slvaus
— brad davidson (@braddavo) July 11, 2022
Steve Smith with the 'Shane Watson review of the year.' pic.twitter.com/Aw82U10fa3
— Steelbanks (@steelbanks) July 11, 2022
That was a selfish review by a selfish cricketer. Marnus knew right away that it was plumb from his body language, but he also knew that it was futile telling that to Steve Smith, who wasn’t having it anyway. Can’t believe this guy captained the country. #SLvAUS
— Aussie Sun (@WorimiFella) July 11, 2022
That’s the most selfish review I have ever seen by Steve Smith. @9_Moley
— John Woods (@jwoods101) July 11, 2022
Saw the Replay. That Steve Smith Review was Unbelievably Selfish. If Cummins isn't afraid to assert dominance in the Change Room, he needs to hand out Belt Treatment to Smith for this. #SLvAUS
— Harsh (@NaMoStadium) July 11, 2022
Did Steve Smith think the ball was going between the stumps? Quite possibly the worst review ever #cricket
— John Baker (@JackDyer17) July 11, 2022