Australian captain Steve Smith admits to seeking dressing room help for DRS

08 March 2017, 12:03 AM
Steve Smith (Getty images)
Steve Smith (Getty images)

Australian captain Steve Smith admitted his mistake of seeking help from the dressing room on a DRS call. However, he insisted that the game was played in good spirit.     

The incident had snowballed into a controversy with many former players criticising Smith's act. Explaining the incident, Smith said there was a bit of brain fade when he turned to dressing room for help.     

"I got hit on the pad and looked towards the non-strikerbatsman and then turned around towards Paddy. I should nothave done that. This happened for the first time. I was looking at our boys, I should not have done that. There was abit of brain fade," Smith said at the press conference.     

Asked about his animated chat with rival captain Virat Kohli, Smith dismissed it as mere banter. "Me and Virat were having a little chat out there. There was not much in it, so it was bit of fun, a bit of banter. That is the kind of things happen in these matches. It is niceto occasionally get engaged in such conversations. It was only good fun," he said.     

Smith refused to say Kohli lost his cool and insisted game's spirit was kept intact. "I am not sure, I think that is the question to ask them. As far as I am concerned the game was played in good spirit. You know, emotions sometimes get better of you, but I don't think anyone crossed the line.     

"If emotions are kept in check it will make greatcontest." The visiting captain said the result was "disappointing"but his side fought hard.    

"We expected India to come back hard and in their secondinnings they played some good cricket. Partnership between Pujara and Rahane was really good. But I am still proud of theway these boys have played it. From my camera, they were bit North competing incredibly harder. I am sure we will continueto do that. we can get some more results going our way," he said. 

First Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:54 PM
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