Former Australian captain Micheal Clarke had arrived down tough on Steve Smith when present skipper required help from the dressing room on a DRS (Decision Review System) call on the second Test of the fourth day in Bengaluru on March 7 on Tuesday.
Aussie captain Smith was attentive in front by Umesh Yadav leaving Australia at 74 for 4. After then he walked just before the non-striker Peter Handscomb to take his views about reviewing the decision.
After a short discussion, both the batsman turned towards the dressing room with Captain Smith making a hand signal to point out what should they do.
Umpire, Nigel Llong, quickly showed the spot intention and gave Smith the marching orders, after that Smith turned left against Virat Kohli and Co. furious.
As per the Law, any batsman can only talk to his partner before taking the decision of DRS but can ask for help from the umpires. Clarke feels that if Australia has been asking for help from the dressing room, then that’s “unacceptable.”
Clarke said to India Today that “I want to find out from the Australian team if they’re using the DRS in that way if they are then that is unacceptable. My concern and my worry is that when you look at the footage of what happened with Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb … actually suggests to Steve Smith to turn around and have a look at the support staff.”
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“If it is only a one-off, I don’t think that would have happened. The fact that Peter Handscomb is even thinking about telling the Australian captain to turn around and look to the support staff, I’ve got my concerns.”
Clarke said while fronting the media after the game, Kohli said that he also noticed this in the first two days of the Test and informed the match referee and umpires.
“I saw that two times happening when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it has happened twice, that I’ve seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation, and that’s why the umpire was at him,” he exposed.
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He added, “When he turned back, the umpire knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that, we told match referee also, and the umpires, that they’ve been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop.”
After this drama, India closes the game by 75 runs to level the series at 1-1, now next third Test will be held in Ranchi.