In the wake of Cameron Bancroft‘s ball tampering scandal – which Smith admitted in a subsequent press conference was “not within the spirit of the game” – the sport’s golden boy is tipped to be toppled from his throne.
The 28-year-old has already been forced to step down as captain of the Indian Premier League’s Rajasthan Royals, meaning he might not only feel the brunt of the hoopla personally, but financially too; that contract was worth $2.4 million, after all.
The Out Loud team discuss what the Cricket Australia scandal means for us as a nation…
But what of the woman who Smith has described as a “terrific” support since they met in 2011?
The Aussie batsman met his future wife in a bar; he had recently been turfed from the Australian cricket team for no particular reason, and was in the midst of the first Big Bash League. She was in the middle of law and commerce degrees at Macquarie University.