Steve Smith was in the spotlight on Day three of the Ashes, not for his classic act as a batsman this time, but for his actions on the field as he batted until the end of Day three to save Australia after an early collapse. At 80-4, Australia is still trailing behind England by 178 runs, with their savior Steve Smith once again at the crease, helping the visitors pull through.
While England Cricket's Facebook handle took to Facebook to post a video of Smith's leaves in the game, New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham came up with his own version of a snip. Throwback to 17 years before, Neesham brought back the famous scene in JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where Hermoine Granger corrects Ronald Weasely while he attempts the flying spell. The Kiwi star took to Twitter to make the comparison of Smith's call for a run during the match to the nostalgic scene in the movie series. Take a look at Neesham's comparison:
Ever since his comeback to the longer format of the game, Smith has been widely regarded as one of the best Test cricketers in the making, drawing comparisons to Test legend Don Bradman. The former skipper has put up a classic display that a player of the longer format should possess and has silenced his critics who had written him off after the Sandpaper-gate scandal.
While Smith was batting to stay till the end of Day three, he was spotted leaving the ball on multiple occasions, a sequence of which that left the netizens in peals of laughter. Here's the footage of Smith doing the actions: