Steve Smith backflips on huge Ashes storm exposed in Prime Video Test doco

Steve Smith has changed his tune after cameras captured a tense moment inside the Australian dressing room during the spiteful 2023 Ashes series.

Incredible details from inside the Australian camp have been revealed in the hit new series The test on Prime Video and Smith has now shared his new perspective on one of the series’ most dramatic moments.

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The Australian vice-captain was in the midst of the fifth Test storm when England captain Ben Stokes famously dropped a catch while celebrating too early on the final day of the fifth Test last year.

Stokes appeared to have briefly caught a classy catch that leaped into the air at leg slip when Smith gloved a delivery from Moeen Ali.

The brief moment when Stokes had control of the ball was dismissed by the on-field umpire and also by the video umpire when the home team contested the call.

Stokes appeared uncomfortable with the situation as he was persuaded to review the decision by his teammates, but ultimately asked for the postponement.

That was far from the end.

Stokes remonstrated with the umpires that his team should not have missed the review due to their challenge with the uncertainty as to why Smith had not been dropped in the first place.

After complaints from the English players and a long discussion with the referees, England lost the review.

In the ensuing lunch break, Smith’s lifeline was the subject of conversation in the Australian dressing room, and footage now released on Prime Video shows that the 34-year-old batsman was surprisingly in England’s side.

Australian batsman Travis Head, who was a non-striker at the time, said there was “chaos” in the minutes following Stokes’s dropped catch and the controversial review which saw Stokes widely criticized for an “unsportsmanlike act”.

Footage in the doc series shows Smith explaining to his teammates and manager Andrew McDonald why he spoke out in support of Stokes’ complaints about losing the England review.

“They were blowing up saying they lost their review,” Smith said.

“And I was saying, ‘Yes, you’re right. That’s fair enough. You shouldn’t have missed the review’.”

Smith’s teammates Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner and Usman Khawaja are among those who disagreed with Smith’s opinion in the heat of the moment.

McDonald responded to Smith in the conversation by saying: “But you challenged the referee. The referee didn’t look at it.”

A tired-looking Smith replied: “I disagree. What about those who are low to the ground? Do you think you should lose your review there? This is just my opinion.

“I said to Stokesy: ‘There it is, mate, the spirit of cricket’.”

An incredulous Labuschagne was clearly surprised by Smith’s stance and said: “Whose business are we here for?”

Smith has now told news.com.au that he has somewhat changed his opinion on the referee’s decision to review Stokes’ team.

“At that moment, I remember walking off the field with Stokesy, and he was like, ‘We shouldn’t have missed the review’ and at that moment I agreed with him and probably took him into the locker room,” Smith said.

“But on reflection… first of all, I think I didn’t get knocked out because I think the referee thought I didn’t use gloves when I did. So I think that’s why it wasn’t released to me initially, potentially, and then they had a chance to review it and they did and obviously it hadn’t been released, so maybe they should have missed it.

Smith still has sympathy for Stokes over the decision.

“In Stokesy’s defense you only have 15 seconds to make a decision,” he said.

“I think he was persuaded to review it by (Jonny) Bairstow, who I don’t think actually saw what happened.

“He kind of saw him (Stokes) take it and then he wasn’t dealing with it and said, ‘What are you doing? He destroyed it. Review it again. So in his defense of him, he was convinced, so maybe he could have withdrawn, but once you see him again, it’s too late. A lot can happen in 15 seconds.”

Smith ends the documentary by saying he has “unfinished business” due to the series ending in a 2-2 draw.

Smith does not rule out paying until the 2027 Ashes series on English soil, when he will be 37.

“I kind of take it day by day. There’s quite a bit of time left,” she said.

“I’m not going to say yes or no to this. I’m not really sure.”

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the 2025-26 series on Australian soil after England won the fifth Test by just 49 runs to ensure Australia’s drought on English soil extends for at least another three years.

As controversial as Stokes’s dropped catch was, it was nothing compared to the furor surrounding the replacement ball that caused carnage at the top of the Australian batting order in the fifth Test.

Former Test captain Ricky Ponting famously called for an official investigation into the controversy when England were handed a Dukes ball full of life when the previous ball was 36 overs.

The series ended with Ashes relations at their lowest ebb and with widespread reports of animosity between the two dressing rooms.

— The Test Season 3 was released on Prime Video on May 24

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