The final and remaining day of the third Take a look at between India and Australia at Sydney was marred in a number of controversies, with one in all them being the second when former Australia captain Steve Smith seemed to be scuffing away the batting guard mark made on the crease by Rishabh Pant.
Although Australian captain Tim Paine got here out in protection of his team-mate, many former cricketers internationally criticised Smith’s motion on social media. One such cricketer who felt Smith had no enterprise doing so was former Australian left-arm chinaman bowler, Brad Hogg.
When a fan requested him for his opinion on Twitter, Hogg went on to criticise Smith’s actions. The fan posted the clip displaying Smith scuffing Pant’s batting guard mark, and requested Hogg for his “ideas”.
Hogg replied to the tweet, saying: “Batsmans space. Not his area to mark! (sic)” He additionally added that he had not seen the incident whereas dwell protection was on.
The incident occurred throughout a drink’s break when Pant was not on the crease. The stump digicam confirmed an Australian cricketer, whose face was not seen, scuffing on the crease the place Pant had marked his batting guard. The cricketer first walked across the pitch, then went in entrance of the stumps and started shadow-batting, and, a couple of seconds later, intentionally eliminated the batting guard mark made by Pant. As Pant comes again to the crease, he takes recent guard once more.
Although the face of the individual was not seen within the clip, the jersey quantity — 49 — was clearly seen. Jersey No. 49 belongs to Steve Smith.
India pulled off one of many best escapes in Take a look at cricket whereas holding on to attract the match in what was an exciting final day. It was one in all Crew India’s most resilient efforts to avoid wasting a Take a look at in reminiscence.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari batted with accidents and ache for 256 balls to avoid wasting the Take a look at. Whereas Vihari limped for essentially the most a part of his innings as a consequence of a hamstring harm, Ashwin had tweaked his again however defied ache to face the Aussie assault. Ravindra Jadeja, who was subsequent to bat, had a dislocated thumb and was operated upon at this time.
Needing 407 for victory, India completed at 334-5. They batted for 131 overs on a pitch that seemed to be slowing down. With the sequence nonetheless degree at 1-1, the 2 groups now head to Brisbane for the fourth and remaining Take a look at, which begins on Friday.