Steven Smith and Kagiso Rabada © Getty Images
Steven Smith and Kagiso Rabada © Getty Images

Cricket has been rocked by verbal and physical spats in the last few months. Topping the mountain is Steven Smith-Kagiso Rabada spat, which occurred during the second Test between South Africa and Australia. Radaba has been cleared to play the third Test, after being banned by ICC for a period of 2 Tests. Now Smith has also opened up about the whole episode. According to cricket.com.au, Smith said: “I certainly think he (Rabada) bumped me a little bit harder than it actually looked on the footage. It didn’t bother me too much. I guess the emotion after you get out you don’t really …. He’s won the battle. What’s the point of over-celebrating? And getting in the face of a batter, you’ve already won the battle.”

Smith went on to question the ICC. He quipped, “The ICC have set the standard, haven’t they? There was clearly contact out in the middle. I certainly won’t be telling my bowlers to go out there and after you take a wicket go and get in their space. I don’t think that is on and part of the game. But the standard has been set.”

It was interesting to know that Smith was not called during Rabada’s hearing. He said: “It’s pretty interesting when you’re, I guess, looking for evidence and those kind of things. The other person involved (is) not getting asked about it is pretty interesting, I thought.”

With change of match referee, Smith said the Australia team has met with Andy Pycroft. He said: A new match referee coming in, so he wanted to have a chat to the senior players so myself, Davey (Warner) and Nathan Lyon. I think he’s going to chat to Faf, AB (de Villiers) and Hashim (Amla) as well, just to ensure that the series is continued to play in pretty good spirit.I might have a chat to him around what’s gone on (involving Rabada). Obviously, they’ve deemed the contact not to be deliberate and set the line in the sand of what is appropriate and what’s not. We’ll see what he has to say.”

The third South Africa-Australia Test gets underway on Thursday, March 22 at Cape Town.