Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has said that he wouldn't have left his team in the middle of an intense series like his Australian counterpart Steve Smith has done. David Warner was named as stand-in skipper for the remaining three ODI games of the five-match series after Steve Smith was rested keeping in mind the upcoming series against South Africa.
Australia's decision to rest Steve Smith, the incumbent captain of the national team across formats for the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour due to a packed schedule, created a furore in the cricketing circles with former players and fans criticising the move. "It is going to be very, very tough with the scheduling these days to play all three forms and every single game possible. Players are getting rested here and there. Everyone has to adapt, and we've got [to remember] that everyone is human. "The stats he has on the board, runs-wise and the world's best batter and player, I think he deserves a break whether or not it was during the series or before the series.
Mathews, who captained Sri Lanka through a winless Test and ODI tour against England immediately prior to their stunning turnaround against Australia over the past month, said today he was surprised when he learned that Smith was returning to Australia after the first two matches of the five-game series that is level at 1-1.
Today was no different, his uncle, Steve Smith, told the New Zealand Herald Their boy is lost at sea after the 5.3 metre aluminium boat the 18-year-old and a friend were using to check cray pots was tipped by a rogue wave about 1km off-shore just before dawn on Monday.
"When I was Grades in six, seven and eight, all three years I had the same teacher, I was the only kid in class that was allowed to speak out. Whenever I wanted I could say whatever I wanted because I could say things that would just add fun to the lesson without being disruptive," Smith said. "I haven't met an internal combustion engine that I can't make go so yeah I do have that background and I would say all of Red Green is in Steve Smith but there's a pretty big part of Steve Smith that is outside Red Green," Smith said.
Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of The Bee Gees, will release his first solo album since 1984 and his first album of any kind since the final Bee Gees album, "This Is Where I Came In," 15 years ago. The new one that he co-produced, "In the Now," containing a dozen songs -- all originals written by Gibb and his sons Stephen and Ashley -- comes out Oct. 7.
If you weren't aware that former Carolina Panthers and current Baltimore Ravens wideout Steve Smith isn't shy of making his opinion known, then you must be new around here. Smith questions why the league was seemingly more concerned with the players mentioned in Al Jazeera's PED report with the main witness recanting his story, than New York Giants kicker Josh Brown.
Such was the case for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith on Friday when he took it upon himself to hammer the New York Giants and the NFL for their handling of the Josh Brown situation. "So we waste our time with Al Jazeera allegations!! But a DV incident and we give him slap on the wrist and a 4 million extension," Smith's message reads in full.
South African duo of Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn took to Twitter to take a dig at the 27-year old batsman. Some of the responses were even more hilarious with one user referring to England spinner Graeme Swann as Smith's role-model while another reminded the South African of their history of choking in ICC tournaments.
A Test match being played at Nagpur will never be the same as the one being played on the WACA (on the old pitch of course) even if the same set of players are playing. "I hate missing cricket but I think in the long run having a bit of a break will do me the world of good" Fox Sports trying to justify Smith's reason by citing the sudden realization that Steve Smith has played 500 days of cricket is foolish to say the least.
Via Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith has already been ruled out by coach John Harbaugh, while wide receiver Breshad Perriman and outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are unlikely to play either. " He's not playing in this game - at least that I know of," Harbaugh said of Smith.
The decision to send Australia captain Steve Smith home from Sri Lanka with the tour still ongoing has prompted some baffled, and mocking, responses from former and current players. Smith was sent home with the ODI series still on the go, ostensibly to rest ahead of the tour to South Africa, which is more than a month away.