Steven Smith, Australia, England, Jos Butler, Mark Wood, ODI series
Steven Smith was dejected after being given out. Photo Credit: AAP.

Last Update on: January 10th, 2019 at 12:08 am

Recently updated on January 10th, 2019 at 12:08 am

While talking of the laws that video umpires take into consideration, Australian skipper Steven Smith has asked for the change to the rules after he was declared out by the third umpire which further saw the hosts lost the five-match One-day International series 3-0 with two to go.

“It’s irrelevant what I think, it got given out so I had to walk off the field,” Smith told at the SCG and was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald while believing the matter should be left in the hands of TV umpire.

Suggestion for a change in video rule came out soon after the culmination of the third ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground which England won by 16 runs to take the unassailable lead of 3-0.

“It’s hard for them to overturn the decision. I’d actually like for the third umpire to have to make the decision whether it’s out or not,” Smith remarked.

The incident happened when England pace spearhead Mark Wood bowled the final delivery of 34th over which saw Smith nudging the ball, as gloveman Jos Butler snaffled a stunner before jumping with joy.

“I’m not sure I’m a big fan of the ruling with the soft signal. That’s obviously the rule at the moment and it’s hard to overturn anything,” Smith asserted.

However, Smith stayed put and the on-field umpires had a brief discussion while giving the soft signal as out which further saw the third umpire Kumar Dharmasena declaring Smith out.

The right-handed batter Smith was dejected while trudging off the ground as he shook his head multiple times.

Australia was chasing down the target of 303 after Buttler smashed a fantastic hundred, as Smith perishes at the score of 181 following the controversial call which was conclusive for the umpire.

On the other side, the batting mainstay of Australia, Smith rubbished the comments regarding the ball tampering when the footage revealed the leader was using his lips to shine the ball.

“There was nothing in it. It was all spit. People said something about lip balm. If you look at my lips, they’re pretty dry, I certainly didn’t have any of that on,” Smith maintained.

Here’s the video of Steven Smith rubbing his lips before shining the white ball:

Smith scored 66-ball 45 as he scored a solitary boundary.

In conclusion, the former England veteran batsman Kevin Pietersen wants to witness a change in the rule when it comes to the soft signal.

“We’ve got enough technology and broadcast out there we should be able to make decisions off the camera and take the decisions away,” Pietersen added when he was speaking on the Channel Nine.

However, Butler remarked he had taken a clean catch.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

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