"Account Hacked?": Twitter Stunned As ICC Brutally Trolls England Fans

Updated: 09 September 2019 12:22 IST

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) official Twitter handle took a cheeky dig at England fans as Australia were on their way to retain the Ashes.

"Account Hacked?": Twitter Stunned As ICC Brutally Trolls England Fans
ICC's Twitter handle mocked English fans following Steve Smith's brilliant performance with the bat. © ICC/Twitter

Steve Smith starred with the bat as Australia thrashed England by 185 runs in the fourth Test to retain the Ashes. It has been a magical return to the Test arena for the former Australia captain since completing a 12-month ball-tampering ban. Smith and David Warner have had to contend with a hostile, boisterous English crowd who have taunted and mocked the Australian duo at every given opportunity but the Australians had the last laugh, restoring their national pride 18 months on from the reputation-shattering scandal. Former players and fans hailed Steve Smith, labelling him the "best". The International Cricket Council (ICC) too tipped their hats to the Australian by taking a cheeky dig at the English fans.

Before the start of Day 5 of the fourth Test, ICC's official handle tweeted a picture of an English spectator wearing a Steve Smith mask with a crying face on it and used the definition of "karma" as text for their tweet.

The tweet quickly went viral, leaving a horde of users shell-shocked. While many praised the handle's trolling skills, others asked if ICC's account had been hacked.

England, set a huge second-innings target of 383 to win, were bowled out for 197, putting Australia 2-1 up in the five-Test series ahead of next week's finale at the Oval.

The result means current holders Australia retain the Ashes regardless of the result in the final match of the series.

Steve Smith scored 211 and 82 in the fourth Test to take his tally for the series to an astonishing 671 runs at an average innings of 134.2, including three hundreds, despite missing England's one-wicket win in the third Test at Headingley with concussion.

(With AFP inputs)

Highlights
  • ICC's Twitter handle mocks English fans
  • Australia retained the Ashes following their big win in the 4th Test
  • Steve Smith starred with the bat for Australia in the 4th Test
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