Yesterday, video footage of Steve Smith breaking down in tears at a press conference has gone viral. South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis said that the 1-year ban on Smith was too harsh. Plessis further revealed that he had also sent him a text message.
“It’s been a crazy week. I have compassion for what he’s going through. I think he’s one of the good guys and he’s just been caught in a bad place. I did send him a text. From a really deep place in my heart, I feel for the guy.”
“I don’t want to see guys going through that stuff. It’s going to be incredibly hard for him over the next days so I sent him a message of support, saying he’ll get through this and he must be strong.”
When a reporter asked if he thought that Australians had tampered with the ball in previous matches also, he answered, “I thought so, yes. This series the ball has been reversing quite a bit. We thought there was no way the ball can go so early. It’s just unheard of for a South African series, with the ball to go this much.”