Australia’s Steve Smith was in the headlines recently after he was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for venting out his frustration after his dismissal in the first innings of the game between New South Wales and Western Australia on November 13. The right-handed batsman was dismissed for 103 on the second day at the SCG after being caught by Marcus Stoinis’ bouncer while WA gloveman Josh Inglis was keeping the wickets.
Even after a dull appeal, Smith was given out by the umpire. Smith was absolutely shocked with the decision and proceeded to turn around many times as he slowly made his way back to the pavilion. However, he responded after he was fined for his dissent. He said that he has to look at the way he behaves or conducts himself as a lot of kids watch him play the game.
Steve Smith reacts after being fined for dissent in Sheffield Shield Game
“I came in and apologised to the group yesterday for getting a code of conduct. I don’t think there was a great deal in it but I’ve copped it and I have to look at when I get out and the way I sort of conduct myself. I know lots of kids watch me play and watch all of us play and the way we conduct ourselves when we get out as well as when we’re batting,” Steve Smith was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“So we have to be very mindful of that and sometimes just bite the bullet and just conduct ourselves in, I guess, a better manner at times. Sometimes your emotions can get the better of you out on the field. We’re playing a game [where] everyone is trying to do their best and sometimes that happens,” he added in a statement.
Steve Smith knows that emotions got the better of him during the game. He also added he felt he should apologise for what he has done on the field. “We’re Australian players regardless of where we’re playing and what we’re doing. We sign up to values and in our contracts, we’ve got a code of conduct there we have to play by. I got pinged and so be it. I felt I should apologise for that,” Smith said.