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India vs Australia: Steve Smith getting angry shows similar signs leading to Sandpaper gate, says Shane Lee

India tour of Australia: Former Australia pacer Shane Lee believes Steve Smith must be looked after by Cricket Australia better following criticism over the Sydney Test incident where he was seen scrubbing the batsman’s guard while fielding.

Steve Smith scored his 27th Test hundred in Sydney. (AP Photo)

Steve Smith scored his 27th Test hundred in Sydney. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steve Smith criticized over the guard scuffing controversy in the third Test
  • Former Aussie Pacer Shane Lee expressed his concern for Smith
  • India and Australia to face the final Test at Brisbane on January 15

Former Australia fast bowler Shane Lee has expressed concerns over Steve Smith’s body language, stating that the world-class batsman is getting angry and those are signs similar to the days leading up to the Sandpaper gate.

Back in 2018, the trio of Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were involved in the ‘Sandpapergate scandal’ against South Africa at Cape Town resulting in a ban for a complete year along with Smith losing his captaincy. While Smith and Warner have made a comeback, Lee Believes that Smith’s anger issue lately is not a good sign for the team as well as the star batsman himself.

“He was not trying to cheat, but he should not be on the wicket. I am really really concerned about some of our behaviour. Steve Smith scored a fantastic hundred in Sydney and the way he reacted afterwards, I thought, there is a real anger there. It is disturbing. “You wind forward to this test: I’m seeing the same signs (as before Sandpapergate). I’m seeing someone like Smith who is getting really, really angry, Lee, In an interview with Fox Cricket, said.

Meanwhile, Lee urged Cricket Australia to take more care of Smith, saying it’s important to understand the mental health perspective of players during a draining series.

“I am feeling really worried about this guy (Smith). I really want Cricket Australia, or someone within that organisation to make sure this guy’s alright. Because he’s a champion batsman, and he’s not a cheat. We really need to look after these guys from a mental health perspective,” Lee added.

The Indian duo of Hanuma Vihari and Ravi Ashwin played a heroic knock to help India save the Test series. They batted out 258 balls, spanning little over an entire session to frustrate the top-quality Australia bowling attack.

With so many controversies and intense mood in both the dressing rooms, India and Australia will fight for the final Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, starting January 15.

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