Steve Smith could not hide his disappointment after being controversially given out in the Sheffield Shield as Victoria upset a star-studded NSW and ruined a landmark day for Nathan Lyon.
Australia’s greatest finger-spinner claimed his 600th first-class victim on Friday but his bag of 10 scalps was not enough to prevent a four-wicket loss for the reigning champions at the SCG.
Steve Smith could come under scrutiny for his reaction to a controversial dismissal.Credit:Getty
Smith may come under the scrutiny of match officials for his reaction to a caught-behind verdict off the bowling of Will Sutherland.
The former Test captain shook his head several times after being given out for 13, brushing his trousers with his glove seemingly to suggest the ball had come off his thigh rather than his bat. It was unclear from replays if he had hit the ball.
Under Cricket Australia’s code of conduct, players can be charged with dissent for showing “excessive, obvious disappointment with an umpire’s decision”.
Smith was docked 25 per cent of his match fee in 2019 after also disagreeing with a caught-behind decision in a Shield game.
“I get pretty disappointed every time I get out. Perhaps it is something I need to work on,” Smith said after that incident.
Smith’s dismissal came in the midst of a dramatic collapse by the Blues, who slumped 8-91 before a whirlwind 73 off 75 balls by Sean Abbott set the Vics a modest 141 to win.
After a poor series against India, Lyon gave a reminder of why he is still the country’s premier spinner by some distance.
He sent shockwaves through the Victorian dressing room by claiming the first four wickets of the innings, including that of incumbent Test opener Marcus Harris.
Harris fell in both innings in almost identical fashion, caught behind the wicket to an off-break that bounced sharply.
The Blues could not find a way through the sixth-wicket partnership of rising star Jake Fraser-McGurk and Test paceman James Pattinson, who added 52, before it was too late.
In a low-scoring game, Nic Maddinson proved the difference between the sides with knocks of 77 and 44 to claim player-of-the-match honours.
The two sides will meet again in a Shield game starting on Thursday at Bankstown Oval instead of the MCG after CA, as foreshadowed by the Herald and The Age, moved the fixture due to the uncertainty over border restrictions created by a COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.
The Blues are due to play in Adelaide the following week but South Australia’s border remains closed to anyone who has been to Greater Melbourne since February 4.
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