'Really concerned': Fears for Steve Smith over 'disturbing' behaviour

'Really concerned': Fears for Steve Smith over 'disturbing' behaviour

Australia batsman Steve Smith has said that he is shocked and disappointed to see the reaction that has come in after he was seen scuffing up the area around the batting crease on the final day of the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Steve Smith scuffing the crease in the right picture.

"With shoulders, as long as he can bat OK and catch - it's not as big a deal in Test cricket. we're really hopeful he will get up".

He was heard hurling abuses at Ravichandran Ashwin, calling him dic****d at one point when the India spinner was putting up a courageous fight with the bat.

After the ball-tampering scandal of Cape Town 2018 and the "brain-fade" row over a possible DRS call at Bangalore 2017, Smith is no stranger to controversy. "So Sunny can keep saying what he wants to say at the end of the day, it is absolutely nothing to do with it", he said at the pre-match press conference facilitated by Sony, the official broadcaster of the series.

"It's not what we're about, but Tim Paine [is an] outstanding leader and will continue to be for some time to come yet".

However, Langer defended his skipper, saying people should cut him some slack. "You have no idea how much faith I have in Tim Paine", he said. But after three years he has hardly put a hair out of place, he has been outstanding as the Australian captain in everything he does.

Tim Paine and Steve Smith stand looking off to one side both standing with their hands on their hips
Langer has jumped to the defence of Tim Paine and Steve Smith

'I spoke to Michael Vaughan as well, I thought he was out of line actually, ' Langer said told SEN radio on Wednesday.

Skipper Tim Paine on Thursday warned that Steve Smith "feeds off" criticism and was sacked up for the high-stakes fourth Test against India, which Australia will start without injured opener Will Pucovski.

He added: 'Anyone who suggests for one millisecond he was trying to do something untoward, they are way out of line. On that wicket, it was that flat, it was like concrete, you need 15 inches spikes to make an intent on the crease and he went nowhere near the crease.

Marcus Harris, who has played nine Tests, but not since Australia retained the Ashes in England past year, will open instead alongside David Warner. If anyone knows Steve Smith - he is a bit quirky, he does some weird stuff.

"He's let his bat do the talking, he was abused like I've never seen anything through England and he just kept smiling and letting his bat do the talking. give me a break". Australian skipper, Tim Paine thinks that it is not the first time Smith has done so. We've seen plenty of instances in the past when you can get stuck into the batsman and do it in a way that's a lot better than the way I did it yesterday. And for him to drop three catches behind the stumps is unheard of.

Earlier in the Test, Paine was fined 15 per cent of his match fee after showing dissent to umpire Paul Wilson.

Langer now has two days to figure out what changes, if any he will have to make ahead of the fourth Test at the Gabba, starting on Friday.

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