Steve Harmison says Smith can never be forgiven for ball-tampering act

Steve Harmison says Steve Smith can never be forgiven for his ball-tampering act

Former England player Steve Harmison feels that Australia’s batting pillar, Steve Smith, will always be remembered as a “cheat” for the infamous ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, regardless of his incredible exploits.

Steve Smith has been England’s head tormentor in the ongoing Ashes series, which Australia has already retained after winning the fourth Test in Manchester on Sunday.

Smith is having a series of fairytale ashes, already accumulating 671-runs, including a double century to an astonishing average of 134.20.

But that didn’t stop Harmison from digging at the former Australian captain, who said Smith can never be forgiven for his act of manipulating the ball.

“I don’t think you can forgive him,” Harmison said according to London-based sports radio station ‘talkSPORT’.

“When you’re known as a cheater, and it is, I’m not going to sugarcoat it, the three guys cheated, that’s on your resume, You’re marked and you take it to your grave. Whatever Steve Smith does, he’ll always be remembered for what happened in South Africa,” he added.

Harmison, who represented England in 63 tests, including all five games during the 2005 Epic Ashes series, said Smith and his criminal partners David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will have to live with the “trap” label all their lives.

“I can’t see anyone’s opinion switching about Smith, Bancroft or Warner. Because of what they’ve done, they’ve tarnished the game,” he said.

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