Steve Smith denies ball-tampering after Australia captain is seen wiping lip

23 January, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Steve Smith's men will seek to end their barren run

England defeated Australia by 16 runs in the third one day worldwide at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday to clinch their five-game series with two games to spare and hand the world champions their first ODI series defeat at home since 2010.

He was seen rubbing his lips before polishing the ball, a legal tactic "provided that no artificial substance is used", as the rulebook states. "If you look at my lips they are pretty dry".

The Australia captain called for the abolishment of soft-signal calls from umpires for low catches after a DRS howler ruled him out at the key moment of Australia's desperate run-chase at the SCG - and Smith found an unlikely ally in former England great Kevin Pietersen. The cricketer wants the decision to be taken out of the hands of the on-field umpires and third umpire to have the say.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Steve Smith admitted that the hosts need to pull up their socks if they expect to make a strong comeback in the series.

Australia had been managing their run chase well until Smith's controversial dismissal at the end of the 34th over. Had the on-field umpire deemed Smith not out, it's nearly certain he would have survived. If the fielder goes up and celebrates it usually gets given out.

However, Smith wasn't sure if the ball carried and neither were the umpires, who referred the decision to the third umpire with a soft signal of out. "Well, I think Buttler's just gone ahead of MS Dhoni because of his approach and because of the power he brings".

Before the ODI series started Morgan wanted his team to show they can play more than just a hitting game after losing on a slow pitch in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan last summer when they failed to adjust to the conditions.

Marsh looked to counter attack by targeting Adil Rashid, but holed out to long on off the leg-spinner - who earlier trapped the unsafe Finch lbw - leaving Australia having to rebuild when they should have been accelerating. Smith scored a 66-ball 45, with a solitary boundary.

"I've got to play some better cricket".

"Jonny [Bairstow] came back into the dressing room after he got out and said that 270 would be a really competitive score, so we were just trying to work towards that and give ourselves three overs to really take it on".

"There's enough there for me (evidence to overturn)". Not many balls were hitting the middle of my bat, which was disappointing. "We probably batted better than in the first two games but it wasn't enough".



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