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Smith caught up in DRS controversy

07 March 2017

Australia captain warned by umpire about looking toward viewing area before Kohli erupts

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.

Quick Single: Second Test - day four report

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.”

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India legend VVS Laxman took to Twitter to express his sentiments regarding the matter, suggesting Smith had acted "against the spirit of the game".


Smith and Kohli were involved in a heated exchange on day two but former Australia captain Steve Waugh sees it as “two passionate players really enjoying playing Test cricket for country.”

“A lot is at stake, they both have aspirations to be the best batsman in the world, they want to be the best captain as possible,” Waugh said on a Facebook Live chat on his official page.

“So there’s always going to be a bit of angst against players at this level.

“They both represent the attitude of the rest of the team.

“I think Virat Kohli here in Bangalore has been a little over the top.

“Having said that, I think Steve Smith, it affected his batting in the first innings, it was probably the most unsettled as I’ve seen him.

“Maybe they both need to pull it back a bit but it’s great viewing for the spectators.

“It reminds me a bit of Sourav (Ganguly) and myself back in our day.”

Smith’s dismissal wasn’t the only DRS drama on day four as the tourists slumped to 7-101 at tea in pursuit of 188 to win the second Test in Bengaluru.

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Earlier, David Warner reviewed his lbw decision which was upheld by third umpire Richard Kettleborough after ball tracking confirmed the on-field umpire’s call by the smallest of margins.


Ten overs later Shaun Marsh was given out lbw without offering a shot to Umesh, but with only one referral remaining, opted not to review.


Replays showed the ball comfortably missing the left-hander’s off-stump. 

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Sam Ferris is a Sydney-based journalist for cricket.com.au. He started in 2011 as a Big Bash League correspondent and continues to monitor the domestic scene and national sides closely.

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