Ashes 2019: Peter Siddle backs Steve Smith says Steve Harmison’s statement is laughable

Former England pacer Steve Harmison took a jibe at Australia's Steve Smith labeling him as a cheat.
Ashes 2019: Peter Siddle backs Steve Smith says Steve Harmison’s statement is laughable Peter Siddle has hit back at former England fast bowler Steve Harmison over his attack on Steve Smith. (Photo: Getty)
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The fifth and the final Ashes Test between England and Australia is all set to begin on Thursday. Australia has already retained the trophy with victory at Manchester and England will be playing for the pride.

A couple of days back former England pacer Steve Harmison took a jibe at Australia's Steve Smith labeling him as a cheat for the Sandpaper scam incident which got him suspended along with David Warner and Robert Bancroft.

Steve Smith's teammate and Australia pacer Peter Siddle has now come out in support of Steve Smith and has slammed the 40-year-old for his comments. He mentioned that Harmison’s statement is laughable and recalled how a couple of England players have admitted to sugar-coating the ball to get it reversed during the 2005 Ashes series.

“It’s more of a laugh than anything because we know some stories about what has gone on in the past. A couple of his teammates from back then put out books since the ‘05 Ashes and talked about sugar-coating the cricket ball to get reverse swing in that series.

” That’s the irony in all that, that he actually used the word sugar-coat when two of his teammates have talked about mints and different things to put on the ball. It actually comes back on him,” Siddle said while speaking to SEN SA Breakfast.

Steve Smith has made the current Ashes series all about himself and silencing his critics with his superb batting. 

“We’ll have the last laugh about that, and I think Steve Smith has definitely put those to rest and he’s just done his talking with the bat,” the 34-year-old pacer further added. 

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