Cricket Australia may have severely punished Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their role in ball-tampering but it appears things won't die down easily.
Dymocks Brisbane, a bookstore, has taken a potshot at Smith by placing his biography under the "True Crime" section. It shared a picture on Facebook earlier this week with the introduction "Signed copies of 'The Journey' by Steve Smith available in store!"
The meme has drawn a big laugh from the netizens. It's not the only one that has been in circulation though. There is another one which shows the book under "clearance sale" with the price taking a big dip to $2 from $24. India legend Bishan Singh Bedi also shared it on Twitter, however, there is no information as to where it comes from.
How tragic..!! pic.twitter.com/TAFLIbvgxU
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) March 31, 2018
On Friday, the Barmy Army, fanatic supporters of the English cricket team, also made New Zealand player Ross Taylor sign a piece of sandpaper in a hilarious prank. Watch the video here.
Ross Taylor signs a piece of sandpaper. pic.twitter.com/2JGPjmON5r
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) March 30, 2018
The "sandpaper" clearly hints at the ball-tampering scandal Australia are currently embroiled in. Bancroft, in league with Smith and Warner, used sandpaper in order to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
All three players have apologised for their unsavoury act after reaching Australia from South Africa. Smith had broken down in tears on his arrival on Thursday. "I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership," Smith said before breaking into a sob.
"I'm sorry. I`m absolutely devastated. I will do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it's caused. If any good is to come from this it can be a lesson for others and I hope I can be a force for change. I know I'll regret this for the rest of my life. I'm absolutely gutted.
“I say two things, or three things. Firstly, I'm deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket, I love entertaining young kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love. The two other things is that, any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you're affecting, you're affecting your parents.
"To see the way my old man's been ... it hurts. I just want to say I'm sorry for the pain that I've brought to Australia and the fans and the public, it's devastating and I'm truly sorry,” he added after regaining his equanimity.