Australian skipper Tim Paine on Tuesday defended star batsman Steve Smith, who was accused of scuffing up the guard mark of Rishabh Pant in the course of the drawn third Test right here, asserting that the Indian group would have raked up the difficulty if any mistaken was dedicated.
Smith, a former Australia captain, was seen scuffing up the batsman’s guard throughout drinks break within the first session on Monday. Pant made a whirlwind 97 to offer India a shot at successful the match in pursuit of 407 however it resulted in a draw.
“I have spoken to Steve about this and I know he is really disappointed with the way it has come across. And if you watch Steve Smith play Test cricket, that is something that he does every single game five or six times a day,” Paine stated in a digital press convention.
“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,” he defined.
Tried all methods together with Steve Smith making an attempt to take away Pant’s batting guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya. Khaaya peeya kuch nahi, glass toda barana.
But I’m so so happy with the trouble of the Indian group immediately. Seena chonda ho gaya yaar. pic.twitter.com/IfttxRXHeM
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
Paine stated had Smith modified the guard marks, the Indian group would have taken up the difficulty.
“He (Smith) was certainly not changing guard and imagine if he was, then the Indian players would have kicked up a bit of stink (at) that time,” he stated.
“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 elaborated.
Paine stated given how this has been perceived, particularly by cricket followers on-line, there could be a reconsideration.
“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,” pressured Paine.
After the video emerged, Smith confronted criticism on social media by followers and former India opener Virender Sehwag.
“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,” reiterated Paine.
In 2018, Smith was concerned within the ball-tampering scandal that occurred in the course of the third Test match in opposition to South Africa in Cape Town. Subsequently, Smith, together with then vice-captain David Warner, was banned for 12 months from worldwide and home cricket.
He was changed by Paine because the Australian captain.