Smith reacts after getting criticised for scuffing up pitch in SCG Test
Former Australian captain Steve Smith was on the receiving end of trolls and abuses after he tried to tamper Rishabh Pant’s guard during the drinks break of the SCG Test. The cricket experts, former cricketers, fans targeted Smith for using dirty tactics to unsettle the set batsman Rishabh Pant.
Pant was looking good at the crease as he took the bowling attack to the cleaners. The video of Smith scuffing up the pitch went viral on social media. Even former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag slammed Smith for his on-field antics.
While almost everyone lashed out at Smith, Australian Test skipper Tim Paine defended the former Aussie captain by adding that Smith was not trying to remove Pant’s guard. Paine further added saying that Smith generally does that 5-6 times in Test match.
“If you’ve watched Steve Smith play Test cricket, that’s something he does every single game five or six times a day. He’s always standing in the batting crease, shadow batting. As we know, he’s got those many Steve Smith quirks, and one of those is he’s always marking centre,” Paine had told the reporters at the press conference.
Smith opens up after getting criticised for his act
Smith stressed on the fact that he does that in games in order to imagine where we are bowling and how the batsmen is playing the bowlers. Smith said, out of curiosity he always marks centre. “It’s something I do in games to visualise where we are bowling, how the batter is playing our bowlers, and then out of habit I always mark centre.
It’s such a shame that this and other events have taken away from what was a great batting performance by India yesterday,” Smith was quoted as saying to News Corp.
“He is always standing in the batting crease, shadow batting, as we know he has got those sort of many Steve Smith quirks, so one of them is he is always marking sand. But that is something I have seen Steve doing many a times in Test matches and Shield games that I have played with him, when he is in the field, he likes to sort of walk up to where he bats and visualise how is he going to play,” Paine explained very clearly.
“There is no way in the world, he was trying to change Rishabh Pant’s guard or anything like that. That is just one of Smithy’s thing that he does, now that it has come up like it is, again it is something he might need to look at because of the perception of it. One of his mannerisms, as I said he does a lot, he was marking sand and he wasn’t by any stretch of imagination trying to change guard or do anything like that,” Paine signed off.
The fourth and final Test match is scheduled to be held in Brisbane at The Gabba on January 15.