Steve Smith tarnished the game by cheating, he’ll always be remembered for that: Steve Harmison

Smith was last year involved in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco for which he was handed a one-year suspension.
Steve Smith has singlehandedly helped Australia retain Ashes. (Photo: Getty)
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Australia's Steve Smith has been in demolishing mode with the bat against England in the ongoing Ashes series. He has singlehandedly helped Australia retain the trophy accumulating 671 runs at a mind-boggling average of 134.20 and with two more innings left in the series he could well eclipse Bradman’s feat of most runs in an Ashes series.

Inspite of such fabulous effort former England pacer Steve Harmison believes the Australian batter will always be remembered as a "cheat".

The 30-year-old has been in top form in the ongoing Ashes and hit three centuries so far in Ashes 2019 helping Australia take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series, he has received harsh treatment from the English crowd throughout the tournament.

Smith was in center of controversy last year after being involved in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco for which he was handed a one-year suspension. The incident also saw Cameron Bancroft and David Warner getting banned for nine months and one year, respectively.
"I don't think you can forgive him," Harmison told talkSPORT.

"When you're known as a cheat -- and he is, I'm not going to sugar-coat it, the three guys cheated -- that's on your CV. "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."

Harmison added that is "something he's got to live with". "I can't see anybody's opinion changing on Smith, Bancroft, or Warner. Because of what they've done, they've tarnished the game," the former England pacer said.

Smith recently took over the No. 1 ranking from Virat Kohli and has been applauded across the cricket fraternity for his heroics in the ongoing Ashes series.

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