'Shameless': Indians fume after Steve Smith caught in controversial act

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Steve Smith on the stump camera appearing to scuff up the Pant's guard (pictured) at the crease.
Steve Smith appeared to use some gamesmanship after he scuffed up the Pant's guard (pictured) at the crease, which prompted fierce backlash. (Image: Twitter)

Steve Smith has sparked a furious response from Indian supporters after some gamesmanship on the fifth day of the Sydney Test.

India had the Aussies worried after a defiant first two sessions on Day 5 in their attempt to hunt down a record run-chase at the SCG.

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A stoic 97 effort from Rishabh Pant had the Australian team on the back foot and the stump camera picked up some gamesmanship from Smith earlier in the batman’s innings.

Smith walked over to the crease and performed some shadow batting, which he so often does much to the amusement fo cricket fans.

But following this, Smith appeared to rough up Pant’s guard at the crease.

Only seconds later when Smith departed to his fielding position, Pant was seen asking the umpire for guard.

The move, which isn’t illegal and is nothing more than gamesmanship, prompted fierce backlash from cricket fans.

Despite the tactics, Pant didn’t appear too perturbed as he went on to fall just short of a century to give India a fighting chance on Day 5.

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Tim Paine and Matthew Wade have been overheard on stump microphones making reference to Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds’ controversial comments about Marnus Labuschagne.

Warne and Symonds caused controversy on Saturday when they were caught making disparaging remarks about Labuschagne when they thought they weren’t on air yet.

Paine and Wade responded on Monday after making a few quips back at the pair.

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