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Australia's Smith criticised for scuffing Pant's guard in drawn Test

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Australia's Steve Smith has had his sportsmanship called into question once again after he allegedly scuffed Indian batsman Rishabh Pant's guard at the crease during the drawn third Test in Sydney on Monday.
Smith was seen using his shoes to scratch the guard marks made by batsmen when they take strike, forcing Pant to remark his guard. The video clip from the stump camera went viral on social media.
Smith was banned for 12 months for his part in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in Cape Town in 2018 and was also stripped of the captaincy in the fallout.
Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag was among the first to criticise the former Australian skipper.
Darren Gough ripped into Australia's 'embarrassing' behaviour during their Test match with India and said Steve Smith's actions were 'plain cheating'https://t.co/vA65OCgzv4
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 11, 2021
"Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant's batting guard marks from the crease," Sehwag wrote on Twitter. "But nothing worked... I am so, so proud of the effort of the Indian team today."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said it was "very, very poor from Steve Smith" while former player and commentator David Lloyd called his behaviour "childish".
Former bowler Darren Gough said he found Smith's behaviour "shocking".
"Does he think he's invisible with all those cameras," he said on Twitter.
Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant's batting guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya. Khaaya peeya kuch nahi, glass toda barana.
But I am so so proud of the effort of the Indian team today. Seena chonda ho gaya yaar. pic.twitter.com/IfttxRXHeM
- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
Cricket Australia could not be reached for comment when contacted by Reuters.
Pant's heroic knock of 97 set the platform for India to save the test after being set a daunting target of 407 to win, with Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin thwarting Australia's attack over the last three hours to secure a draw.

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