AUS vs IND: Steve Smith said controversy is taking away India’s batting performance.© TBEN
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said on Wednesday he would be interested to see if Steve Smith repeats his Sydney act by scratching the crease in the fourth and final test against India at Gabba in Brisbane. Smith was seen rubbing the area around the crease of the stick on day five of the third test between India and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground and social media users began to question the Australian batsman for his sense of the Game.
Vaughan, who had posted rules of the game on Twitter regarding what is clarified as an attempt to change the nature of the pitch, got a response from former Aussie batsman Mark Waugh that he was reading too much in a no-win situation.
“You lost your Vaughney marbles. I’d be more worried about wasting time deliberately in modern play,” Waugh wrote.
Responding to Waugh, Vaughan said: “Do you have a hard time reading Junior … like I clearly said it was silly and no cheating but laws are laws … let’s see if he continues to do it in Brisbane if he does it all the time. “
On Tuesday, Vaughan took a subtle jibe at Smith, claiming that in addition to the action of the Fourth Test, viewers would now also watch at the drink break.
Smith had previously said he was shocked and disappointed to see the reaction that came after he was seen scraping the area around the batting crease on the final day of the third test against India at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
“I was pretty shocked and disappointed with the reaction to that. It’s something I do in games to visualize where we’re bowling, how the batter is playing our bowlers and out of habit I always score the center,” Smith told the Daily Telegraph, as reported by Fox Sports.
India and Australia will now face each other in the fourth and final test at Gabba, Brisbane, starting on Friday. The third test between these two teams ended in a draw and the series is level 1-1.
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