“See Ya, Smudge”: Jonny Bairstow’s Cheeky Send-off Leaves Steve Smith Infuriated. Watch

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The ongoing third Ashes Test match between England and Australia is intensifying with each passing day. England, choosing to bowl first, managed to dismiss Australia for 263 runs on the first day. However, Australia strongly retaliated and bowled out the hosts for 237 runs on the second day. By the end of the day, Australia had lost four wickets with a total of 116 runs on the scoreboard. Amongst all the thrilling action, a tense moment occurred on Friday between Steve Smith and Jonny Bairstow, which garnered significant attention.

During Australia’s second innings, Steve Smith played a shot off Moeen Ali’s delivery and was caught by Ben Duckett. As Smith was making his way back to the dressing room, Bairstow’s voice was heard saying, “See ya, Smudge!” Smith, visibly angered by the comment, responded, “What was that, mate?!? HEY!” In turn, the English wicketkeeper clarified, “I said, ‘Cheers, see ya later’.”

The ongoing match is Smith’s 100th Test appearance and he failed to leave a mark in both the innings. He could only get low scores like 22 and 2 in this match. Notably, this was also all-rounder Moeen Ali’s 200th Test wicket.

England captain Ben Stokes‘s dynamic 80, his latest dashing innings kept the hosts’ Ashes hopes alive before Moeen Ali struck twice in quick succession.

Australia were 116-4 in their second innings at stumps on the second day, a lead of 142 runs, as they looked to go 3-0 up in the five-match series and secure a first Ashes campaign triumph in England since 2001.

Mitchell Marsh, who had already marked his first Test in nearly four years with a brilliant run-a-ball 118 in Australia’s first-innings 263, was 17 not out, with Travis Head unbeaten on 18. The pair’s partnership of 155 had been key in securing a first-innings lead.

(With AFP Inputs)

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