Smith criticized for scuffing Pant's safeguard in drawn Test

January 12, 2021 Sports
Australia's Steve Smith has already established his sportsmanship called into issue once more after he allegedly scuffed Indian batsman Rishabh Pant's guard at the crease during the drawn third Test in Sydney on Monday.

Smith was seen using his sneakers to scratch the guard marks created by batsmen if they take hit, forcing Pant to remark his safeguard. The online video from the stump surveillance camera gone viral on public media.

Smith was first banned for 12 a few months for his part found in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa found in Cape Town in 2018 and was also stripped of the captaincy in the fallout.

Past Indian batsman Virender Sehwag was one of the primary to criticise the ex - Australian skipper.

"Tried all tricks including Steve Smith attempting to eliminate Pant's batting safeguard marks from the crease," Sehwag wrote on Twitter https://twitter.com/virendersehwag/status/1348528230655950850. "But nothing worked... I am so, so pleased with your time and effort of the Indian workforce today."

Past England captain Michael Vaughan said it had been "very, inadequate from Steve Smith" while previous player and commentator David Lloyd called his behaviour "childish".

Ex - bowler Darren Gough said he found Smith's behaviour "shocking".

"Does he think he's invisible with all those cams," he said on Twitter.

Cricket Australia could not end up being reached for comment when contacted by Reuters.

Pant's heroic knock of 97 set the program for India to save the Test after appearing set a daunting aim for of 407 to win, with Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin thwarting Australia's attack over the last three time to secure a pull.
Source: Thedailystar - Sports

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