If one Steve gave Australia the culture and attitude that helped them rule world cricket for close to two decades, then the other happened to be at the receiving end of the same legacy left behind by his namesake.
Steve Smith was at the peak of his batting prowess and leaving bowlers across the globe clueless when he fell trap to unacceptable brain fade in a bid to justify the Australian way of winning.
Captain of the Australian team amidst the Sandpaper Gate on their 2018 tour of South Africa, the No.1 ranked Test batsman took responsibility for the malicious act of his teammate that tried violating the rules and the prestige of the game.
Prior to the one year ban placed on him by Cricket Australia, 29-year-old Smith had scored 6199 Test runs at a staggering average of 61.37 that included 23 centuries. Leading his team from the front, Smith was the solid rock in the Australian middle order, scoring the bulk of runs and putting his team in a winning position.
It remains to be seen how the talented Smith comes back after serving his punishment; whether he will be able to replicate his success and make up for the lost time in his career and mend the tarnished image among his countrymen.
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