The ongoing antagonism between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli came to the fore again on Tuesday as Australia stuttered in their pursuit of victory in the second Test.
Smith was out lbw for 28 in Australia’s second innings, trapped in front by a Umesh Yadav delivery that went underground and struck him just above his left boot in front of middle stump.
Smith and non-striker Peter Handscomb came together to discuss the merit of reviewing umpire Nigel Llong’s decision but were quickly denied a referral when Llong spotted both batsmen looking in the direction of the dressing room.
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While Llong appeared to have the situation under control, Kohli immediately approached the Australia captain, aggressively voicing his displeasure at the actions taken by Smith, who quickly turned and started leaving the field as the India skipper continued the verbal barrage.
According the International Cricket Council Standard Test Match Playing Conditions for 2016-17, the umpires may decline a review if they believe the fielding captain or batsman has received any outside input.
“The captain may consult with the bowler and other fielders or the two batsmen may consult with each other prior to deciding whether to request a PlayerReview,” the Playing Conditions states.
“Under no circumstances is any player permitted to query an umpire about any aspect of a decision before deciding on whether or not to request a Player Review.
“If the umpires believe that the captain or batsman has received direct or indirect input emanating other than from the players on the field, then they may at their discretion decline the request for a Player Review.
“In particular, signals from the dressing room must not be given.”
India legend VVS Laxman took to Twitter to express his sentiments regarding the matter, suggesting Smith had acted "against the spirit of the game".