India’s Test deputy Rohit did some shadow practice in a jovial manner while changing ends after an over. Unlike Smith, there was no marking of guard from Rohit.
You see it’s not only @stevesmith49 who shadow bats at the crease when he’s in the field! #AUSvsIND https://t.co/7MEGcA6pf0
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On the final day of the third Test, Smith was seen scuffing up the area around the batting crease at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the batsman’s gamesmanship was questioned on social media as Rishabh Pant had to take fresh guard.
Smith was shocked and disappointed to see the reaction that came in after what the former skipper called a ‘habit’.
“I have been quite shocked and disappointed by the reaction to this. 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,” Smith told the Daily Telegraph, as reported by Fox Sports.
Ahead of the final Test, Team India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour said wicket-keeper batsman Pant was unaware of the ‘pitch scuffing’ done around the batting crease during the third Test.
“Basically, we didn’t even know about the incident. We knew only after the game when the media picked it up. As a batsman, Rishabh Pant wasn’t even aware. I wouldn’t like to comment as it hardly mattered,” Rathour said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the match is evenly poised after Mohammed Siraj struck twice in one over while debutants Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar picked a wicket each as Australia faltered after a good start.