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

Steve Smith has changed his tune after cameras caught a tense moment in the Australian dressing room during the vicious 2023 Ashes series.

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

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The Australian vice-captain was in the middle of the fifth Test storm when England captain Ben Stokes celebrated prematurely on the final day of the fifth Test last year.

Stokes briefly appeared to take a classy catch that leapt straight into the air at leg slip as Smith put on the glove of a Moeen Ali delivery.

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

Stokes appeared to be uncomfortable with the situation as his teammates urged him to review the decision, but eventually asked for a referral.

This was far from over.

Stokes protested to the umpires that his side should not lose a review for their challenge with uncertainty as to why Smith was not dismissed in the first place.

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

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

Australian bowler Travis Head, who was at the non-striker’s end at the time, said there was “chaos” in the minutes following Stokes’ drop of catch and the controversial review in which Stokes was heavily criticized for “unsportsmanlike conduct”.

Footage in the documentary series shows Smith explaining to his team-mates and coach Andrew McDonald why he supported Stokes’ complaints about England losing control.

“They puffed up saying they lost the review,” Smith said.

“And I said, ‘Yeah, you’re right. That’s fair. You shouldn’t have lost a grade.’

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.

Speaking to Smith, McDonald responded by saying: “But you challenged the referee. The judge did not review it.”

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

“I said to Stokesy, ‘Here’s a friend, the spirit of cricket’.”

A disbelieving Labuschagne was clearly taken aback by Smith’s stance and said: “Whose team are we on here?”.

Smith has now told news.com.au that he has slightly changed his mind about the umpire’s decision not to review Stokes’ team.

“At one point I remember walking off the pitch with Stokesy and he said, ‘We shouldn’t lose the review’ and I kind of agreed with him at that point and probably took that into the dressing room,” Smith said.

“But on reflection … first of all I don’t think I was let out because I think the ref thought I didn’t glove the ball when I did. So I think the reason they didn’t potentially release me in the beginning was, but then they had a chance to review it and they did, and it obviously wasn’t published, so maybe we should lose it.”

Smith still feels sympathy for Stokes over the decision.

“In Stokesy’s defence, you only have 15 seconds to decide,” he said.

“I think (Jonny) Bairstow actually got him to review it, who I don’t think saw what happened.

“He kind of saw him (Stokes) take it and then he didn’t face it and he said, ‘What are you doing?’ He broke it. Review’. In his defense, he said that he was kind of talked into it, so maybe he could back out after that, but once you check it’s too late. A lot can happen in 15 seconds.”

Smith ends the documentary by saying he has “unfinished business” because the series ended in a 2-2 draw.

Smith has not ruled out being paid until the 2027 Ashes series on English soil, when he will be 37.

“I’m kind of taking it day by day. That’s quite a while away,” he said.

“I’m not going to say yes or no to that. I’m not quite 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’ dropped catch was, it was nothing compared to the furor that surrounded the substitute ball that caused carnage at the top of Australia’s batting order in the fifth Test.

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

The series ended with Ashes relations on a very low note and 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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