- Steve Smith seen scuffing guard marks
- Cricket Australia apologises to Group India for racial abuse
India’s tour of Australia has been within the information for extra than simply cricket. From racist slurs from the group to the heated alternate between Ravichandran Ashwin and Tim Paine.
And now Steve Smith has come beneath hearth for allegedly scuffing Rishabh Pant’s guard marks on the Sydney Cricket Floor (SCG) through the third Check match.
Former Indian batsman Virendra Sehwag took a dig at Smith in a tweet. “Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant’s batting guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya [But nothing worked],” he wrote, including that he was “so so proud of the effort of the Indian team today”.
A video captured by the stumps digicam confirmed Pant analysing the pitch after Smith’s try to scuff guard marks.
Some Twitter customers spoke of the 2018 Cape City Check sandpapergate scandal whereby Smith was banned from taking part in cricket for a while and faraway from captaincy.
It might be added right here that Smith was banned for 12 months together with fellow teammates Cameron Bancroft and David Warner, who have been banned for 9 months, over a ball-tampering try in a match towards South Africa in 2018.
On Sunday, Cricket Australia apologised to the Indian group and launched a probe into allegations visiting gamers have been subjected to racial abuse by a part of the group through the third Check.
Group India had filed an official grievance on Saturday bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of listening to racist slurs whereas fielding close to the boundary rope.
Individually, Australian captain Paine received right into a heated battle with Indian all-rounder Ashwin on subject.
Paine, who was wicketkeeping, used an abusive phrase in the direction of Ashwin, who was batting at that second, saying he couldn’t wait to get the Indian cricketer to the Gabba within the decisive final Check. To which, Ashwin retorted saying he could not wait to take Paine to India to complete his captaincy.