Cricket Australia had been shamed yet again for the on-field behaviour of some of their players. The likes of Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Nathan Lyon grabbed headlines due to their conduct on Day 4 of Durban Test match.
Graeme Smith condemned the behaviour of the Australians especially in the backdrop of the staircase incident. David Warner engaged in a verbal duel with Quinton de Kock en route to the dressing room during the Tea interval.
Before the incident, the Australian opener was excessively fired up after running AB de Villiers out. Warner was seen giving a mouthful to Aiden Markram post the run-out.
It did not stop there for Australia as Nathan Lyon, intentionally dropped the ball on AB’s chest when he was down while returning to his crease. Mitchell Starc, later, constantly sledged Theunis de Bruyn when he was smashing him for boundaries.
Former South African captain Smith, tagged David Warner as a fool looking over his over the top celebrations. Smith then took a dig at Lyon for his ‘unnecessary’ behaviour.
“The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory. But he (Lyon) is an experienced cricketer. I think he’ll probably say it was unnecessary himself,” suggested Graeme Smith according to Sports 24.
“We’ve got used to Davey over the years. I think the less interest you take in him the better. He can be a bit of a fool at times. It best just to let him be,” lashed out Smith.
Meanwhile, Australia is just one wicket away to take a 1-0 lead in the 4-match Test series. Earlier, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock displayed tremendous character to delay the inevitable. After losing their cream, the young brigade of South Africa provided the desired resistance for their team.