Former Australian Cricketer and Captain Michael Clarke has slammed Australia’s current captain Steve Smith for trying to cheat on a Decision Review System (DRS) and called it “unacceptable”.
Smith, on the fourth day of the second Test in Bengaluru, had tried to cheat on a DRS call by trying to seek help from the Australian dressing room.
Though umpire Nigel Long was quick to spot his intention and gave Smith a warning, according to Indian captain Virat Kohli, this was not the first time this had happened.
Coming down hard on Smith, Clarke told India Today,
“I want to find out from the Australian team if they’re using the DRS in that way, if they are then that is unacceptable. My concern and my worry is that when you look at the footage of what happened, (it’s) Peter Handscomb who actually suggests to Steve Smith to turn around and have a look at the support staff. If it is only a one-off, I don’t think that would have happened. The fact that Peter Handscomb is even thinking about telling the Australian captain to turn around and look to the support staff, I’ve got my concerns.”
According to DRS rules, a batsman can only consult the batter on the other end before taking the DRS call and at no time seek help from the umpires or the team to make the decision.
Smith, on March 7, had looked towards the dressing and made a hand gesture so as to ask what should he do after was trapped in front by Umesh Yadav and was given LBW out.
Smith’s move left with the DRS though had left Kohli and rest of the team furious, and Kohli later revealed that Smith had done same on the first two days of the Test and that he had to inform the umpires and the match referee about it.
“I saw that two times happening when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it has happened twice, that I’ve seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation, and that’s why the umpire was at him. When he turned back, the umpire knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that, we told match referee also, and the umpires, that they’ve been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop.”