The former Australia captain was seen scrambling with a batsman’s guard during a drinks break in the first session at the SCG on Monday.

Australian captain Tim Paine on Tuesday defended star batsman Steve Smith, accusing him of removing the guard mark of Rishabh Pant during the third Test here, stating that the Indian team would incite the issue if done wrong. .

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Former Australia captain Smith was seen scrambling with the batsman’s guard during a drinks break in the first session on Monday. Pant scored 97 to give India a shot to win the match by 407 runs, but it ended in a draw.

“I have talked to Steve about this and I know that he is really disappointed with the way he has come. And if you see Steve Smith playing Test cricket, it’s something that he does in every single game. Do it five or six times a day. ” Pine said at a virtual press conference.

He said, “He always stands in the batting crease, shadow batting. As we know he has got a lot of Steve Smith balls, so one of them is the one who always marks the sand.”

Pine said that had Smith changed guard marks, the Indian team would have raised the issue.

“He (Smith) was definitely not changing the guard and would have imagined that the Indian players were stinks at that time,” he said.

“But it’s something I’ve seen Steve do many times in the Test matches and Shield games I’ve played with him, when he’s on the field, he likes to walk to the place where he bats and imagine. Let’s play how he is doing, “Pine elaborated.

Pine said how it has been perceived, especially by online cricket fans, will be reconsidered.

“… there’s no way in the world, he was trying to change Rishabh Pant’s guard or anything like that. That’s just one of Smith’s things that he does, now that it’s done again It is something like this. ” He may need to look at it because of its perception, ‚ÄĚPine emphasized.

After the video surfaced, Smith faced criticism on social media by fans and former India opener Virender Sehwag.

Pine repeated, “As I said he has a way, he does a lot, he was marking the sand and he wasn’t trying to change the guard or do anything like that by any stretch of the imagination . “

In 2018, Smith was involved in the ball tampering scandal during the third Test match against South Africa at Cape Town. Subsequently, Smith, along with the then vice-captain David Warner, were banned from international and domestic cricket for 12 months.

He was replaced by Pine as Australian captain.

Pine apologizes for sledding

Australia captain Tim Paine apologized for his conduct during the final day of the third Test against India, saying that Ravichandran fell short of the standards set for Ashwin’s sledding team.

Wicket-keeper Paine called Ashwin a “dickhead” as a spinner at one stage and Hanuma Vihari batted in the last three hours of the match to save the draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground and put the series at 1-1.

Pine, who apologized to his teammates for his three drop catches at his post-match news conference on Monday, requested a chance to address the media again on Tuesday.

“I am sorry for the way things have gone about, I am someone who leads this team myself and had a poor reflection yesterday,” he told reporters.

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