Smith Calls Virat Kohli’s Claims As ‘Complete Rubbish’: India Vs Australia

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Australian skipper Steve Smith completely rejected Virat Kohli’s claim that he and his team repeatedly cheated while taking DRS calls, and also called the claims made by Virat Kohli as “complete rubbish”.

The second Test saw many controversies wherein Smith was caught looking towards the dressing room for advice on DRS appeal against his dismissal.

“From my point of view, I think they’re completely wrong. I obviously came out after the game and said I made a mistake and it was an error on my behalf, it was a brain fade,” said Smith.

“In regards to saying we do it consistently, that’s complete rubbish in my opinion. I think he was wrong in his statement,” Smith said at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the third Test here.

Speaking to the media earlier, Kohli stressed on moving on but maintained that he did not regret what he had said after the Bengaluru game.

“Not from my point of view… Yeah, it’s about moving on and concentrating on this Test here. It’s been a great series so far, the cricket that’s been played, and hopefully, cricket can be the winner out here in the Test match.

“It’s an exciting one, one-all in the series, half way through the series. We’re all excited about this Test and hopefully it can be a good one.”

“Perhaps I might be able to ask a few questions. We’ll see what the mood is like at that time. Virat obviously stuck by his comments. I think it will be just similar sort of thing with Richie making sure that cricket is the winner this week,” Smith said.

“I spoke to Richie Richardson and the other umpires just now. Basically they said cricket is the winner in the Test. Both teams turn to play within rules of the game. We always know that a series between Australia and India is fiercely contested.”, added Smith.

“It’s between number one and two sides in the world. They understand that, it’s just about playing within the boundaries of the game and making sure that cricket is the winner.”

Nathan Lyon suffered from an injury after grabbing eight wickets in the second Test, but Smith said the off-spinner is fit.
“His finger has healed nicely over the last week or so. I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the series because of a stress fracture but Smith said they have it in their bowling attack to take 20 wickets.

“Obviously, when you lose someone with the class and caliber of Starc, it’s always difficult. But we’re confident that the rest of the bowling group can do the job to take 20 wickets in this Test.

“We have plenty of options here to cover the forced changes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh, so we’ll have another look at the wicket tomorrow and we’ll name the team at the toss.

“We’ve got a few options here. Maxwell and Stoinis are obviously different all-rounders. We’ll look at whether we need a bit more pace or another spinning option.”

It appears that Australia will go in with Pat Cummins ahead of Jackson Bird because of his capability to bowl quicker.

“I think (Cummins) has got some good variations. Watching him bowl yesterday he bowled these cutters on the wicket and they were actually ragging (spinning). He’s got some good skills there as well. The extra pace is always nice on there.”

There is also a race between all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell for the number six position left vacant by Marsh, who was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

“We’ve got a few options here. Maxwell and Stoinis are obviously different all-rounders. We’ll look at whether we need a bit more pace or another spinning option.”

The third test will indeed be an exciting match to look out for.

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