Video footage from the stump digital camera of Smith dragging his boot throughout the crease on a tense last day of the match went viral on social media and a few former gamers accused him of gamesmanship at finest, dishonest at worst.
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Smith informed News Corp on Tuesday that he was “shocked and dissatisfied” by strategies he had tried to achieve an unfair benefit.
“It is one thing I do in video games to visualise the place we’re bowling, how the batter is enjoying our bowlers after which out of behavior I at all times mark centre,” he added.
“It is such a disgrace that this and different occasions have taken away from what was an amazing batting efficiency by India yesterday.”
Skipper Tim Paine mentioned Smith, who was stripped of the Australian captaincy and banned for a yr in 2018 for his half within the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, had merely been indulging one of his many idiosyncrasies.
“In the event you’ve watched Steve Smith play Test cricket, that is one thing that he does each single recreation 5 or 6 occasions a day,” Paine informed reporters on Tuesday.
“He is at all times standing within the batting crease shadow batting. As we all know, he is obtained these many Steve Smith quirks and one of these is he is at all times marking centre.
“He was actually not altering (Pant’s) guard and if he was that is one thing that the Indians would have kicked up a bit stink about on the time,” added Paine, who additionally apologised for his personal conduct after sledging Ravichandran Ashwin.
Pant’s heroic knock of 97 set the platform for India to save lots of the Test after being set a frightening goal of 407 to win, with Hanuma Vihari and Ashwin thwarting Australia’s assault during the last three hours to safe a draw.
Paine mentioned Smith may need to surrender the apply given the way it was interpreted.
“It is one thing that he may want to have a look at as a result of of the notion of it,” Paine mentioned.