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Smith’s imperious form this Ashes has drawn comparisons with the great Sir Donald Bradman. But Harmison said the two shouldn’t be compared. @ AFP

Former England pacer Steve Harmison believes Steve Smith will always be remembered as a cheat, despite his recent heroics with the bat in the ongoing Ashes series.

Smith’s counter-attacking 82 was the centrepiece of Australia’s second-innings total of 186/6 declared in the fourth Test, which left England with an imposing target of 383 to win the Test and keep their hopes of winning the series alive. The former Australia captain, who shot a superb 211 in Australia’s first innings of 497-8 declared, has now scored 671 runs in five innings this Ashes, at an average of 134.2 and including three hundreds.

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“I don’t think you can forgive him,” Harmison said while speaking on TalkSport.

“I said this many, many times during the 12 months that Smith, Warner and Bancroft came out (of the side)… When you are known as a cheat, and he is, I’m not going to sugar coat it. He cheated, the three guys cheated, that’s on your CV. You take it to your grave.”

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Smith’s imperious form this Ashes has drawn comparisons with the great Sir Donald Bradman. But Harmison said the two shouldn’t be compared.

“Whatever Steve Smith does, he will always be remembered for what happened in South Africa. He’s tarnished the game,” he said.

England are 18/2, needing another 365 for victory and will need to bat out the 98 overs to salvage a draw. Coach Trevor Bayliss said the side were remaining positive. “It’s a big challenge,” he said.

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“It’ll take a couple of our guys, I think, to make good hundreds. They believe that they are good enough to bat for 98 overs, put in a good performance and save the game. We know it will be difficult, but as Ben Stokes showed last week, anything is possible.”