Australia's Steven Smith booed during first Ashes Test after he gets 100; Glenn McGrath finds it disappointing

Smith was involved in ball tampering last March after which he was banned for a year. Playing his first Test after more than 12 months, Smith scored a wonderful 144 against England on Day 1 of the first Ashes, but the crowd booed him and called him a "cheat" after he got his 100.
Australia's Steven Smith booed during first Ashes Test after he gets 100; Glenn McGrath finds it disappointingAustralia's Steven Smith booed during first Ashes Test after he gets 100; Glenn McGrath finds it disappointing
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Australian legend Glenn McGrath was disappointed after Steven Smith was given a hostile reception on Day 1 of the Ashes 2019 at Edgbaston. The Australian batter was welcomed with boos, chants and men with masks of Smith crying as he walked out to bat in the first innings against England on Thursday. 

The former skipper Smith had been involved in a one-year ban after ball-tampering in March last year against South Africa. He served out his one-year ban, after which he played the IPL and the World Cup 2019. This was his first Test match after his one year exile. 

Smith played a wonderful innings of 144 on Day 1 of the Test, even as his team had been rocketed by early wickets. However, the hostile English crowd, failed to appreciate his innings and booed him when he got to his 25th Test hundred. He was booed even after he was dismissed. 

McGrath admitted that the booing was expected but it was time the spectators moved on. 

"You'd expect that at the start," he said. "It was always going to be built up and quite hostile and they were going to give (them) a hard time. We saw it in the World Cup.

"But it's 16 months ago. People make mistakes, they paid the penalty and they've moved on.

"To see people boo him when he got a hundred, an exceptional innings, is a little bit disappointing. But that’s the way it goes."

Australia were all out for 284 in the first innings.

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