Australian team coach Justin Langer has defended batsman Steve Smith’s crease scratching action as said the reactions he received on his actions were absolutely “ludicrous”.
Just when play resumed after the drinks break during the first session of the final day of the thirds Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Smith was caught on the stump cam, scruffing the batsman mark on the crease. The video of Smith apparently scruffing the crease went viral on social media and received a great deal of criticism from fans.
Coach Langer said that it’s a habit of Smith and he does it every now. He said that Smith intended to do nothing shady.
“I actually spoke to Steve about it the other day,” Langer said.
“With Stevey, he probably does it every single game or he does it regularly, and that’s the joy of social media I suppose, and people out there making a living from having to make comments as commentators. But I am absolutely 100% that there was zero in [what Smith did],” Langer said on the batsman’s defence.
Speaking on the reactions that he received on Smith’s action, he said that they were foolish. Langer supported Smith and said he did nothing wrong.
“I literally cannot believe some of the rubbish I read,” he said. “Anyone who suggests for one millisecond he was trying to do something untoward, they’re way out of line, absolutely out of line.
“So seriously, seriously, I thought that was absolutely ludicrous.”
“In the last couple of years since he’s been back, he’s been exemplary on and off the field. 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.”
The third Test ended in a draw and the both teams are stuck at a 1-1 win. They will next head to Brisbane to play their series decider fourth Test.