Justin Langer, Tim Paine defend Steve Smith over crease-scuffing claim

  • Smith accused of scuffing guard of India’s Rishabh Pant
  • Australia captain Paine apologises for his own behaviour

Australia’s coach, Justin Langer, and captain, Tim Paine, have defended Steve Smith after he was accused of deliberately scuffing away the guard of the India batsman Rishabh Pant on a climactic final day of the third Test between the teams.

Smith was filmed on a stump camera shadow-batting then seemingly swiping away at pitch marks made by Pant, whose 97 from 118 balls gave India a chance of an unlikely victory in Sydney before they settled for a memorable draw.

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Source: www.theguardian.com