Darren Gough tore into Australias ’embarrassing’ behaviour during their Test match with India and said Steve Smiths actions were plain cheating.
The Aussies have come in for criticism for their actions during the third Test in Sydney.
Smith was condemned for scuffing away the guard mark of an opponent
Sledging from captain Tim Paine has come under the spotlight for verging onto abuse while Smith was caught scuffing away the guard mark of batsman Rishabh Pant.
Former India great Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter: “Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant’s batting guard marks from the crease.
And condemnation of the incident soon followed, with former England player and coach turned commentator David Lloyd quote tweeting the video with the words ‘how childish’.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan added: “This is very very poor from Steve Smith!!
Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant’s batting guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya. Khaaya peeya kuch nahi, glass toda barana. But I am so so proud of the effort of the Indian team today. Seena chonda ho gaya yaar. pic.twitter.com/IfttxRXHeM
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
Smith was banned for 12 months in 2018 for his role, when Australian captain, in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test against South Africa in Newlands.
Former England fast bowler Gough has given his opinion on the latest controversy, telling the Australian team to grow up as they were embarrassing.
Speaking on Drivetime, Gough said: Tim Paine disagrees with a decision, the captain by the way who was supposed to make Australia like butter wouldnt melt in your mouth. Hes been fined because he showed dissent on an unsuccessful DRS review in Indias first innings.
Then day five when Australia are under pressure and India are showing a huge fightback. This is when it happens with Australia. When they are under pressure they go for it. They go for it like no other team in the world.
It just went a little bit too far. First of all you had Steve Smith who showed us all these tears and sorrow a few years ago when they got done for using sandpaper on the ball, he was the captain who was responsible for that because he was the leader of the team.
Now during a break in play hes going round and dancing around, scuffing up the pitch and rubbing out the mark with his spikes of the batsmans marker.
That was totally out of order. People say hes done nothing wrong, well he has. Hes going onto the pitch and trying to make it worse for the spinners to bowl onto a length.
Paine’s sledging against India went too far
Then hes rubbing out the markers for the batsmen where he puts his bat. Its plain cheating in my book.
The second one, because they are under pressure, Tim Paine had already dropped a catch, he decided to get stuck into Ashwin.
What he didnt expect was for Ashwin to come back. The words used were wait till we get you to the Gabba. Ashwin responded wait till we get you back to India my old friend, as he said ‘that will be your last Test match.’
He didnt like that and thats when the abuse started and called him a something head and no one likes you in your team. Ive got more Indian friends than youve got.
It went on and on and on. Australia are supposed to have got it all in order with this captain Tim Paine. Theyve given him a knighthood basically for what hes done to this team and made them grow up.
They just are dropping back into that zone. You have to keep an eye on this. Australia get your act together right now. Its embarrassing.
It was a tense Test match from the start with the Indian players twice reporting racist abuse from the crowd.
Bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of hearing racist slurs while fielding near the boundary.
Gough added: Its getting a bit nasty. Im amazed at this. With everything that has been going on in the last couple of years and Australia seem to be in a different bubble to everybody else in the world.
Bumrah was one of the players allegedly racially abused by fans during the third Test
Before the game, a young player (Mohammed Siraj) for them playing just his second Test match, its been a terrible time for him.
He came from the UAE where he was playing in a league over there to Australia. His father died while he was in quarantine in Australia so he couldnt go back.
His dads dream was to see his son play for India. He cried at the start of the national anthem at the start of that Test.
Hes a Muslim Indian as well so that makes it harder to play for the India national side and he got racist abuse alongside another player Jasprit Bumrah.
Every time they went down into that corner they were getting abuse. Six people were kicked out the ground for that and Im sure the investigation will carry on.
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All that happened straight away, fair play to this young kid in just his second Test match he goes up to the umpire and reports it and points to the people involved.
It needs young brave players to go up and report the people involved.
India did manage to salvage a draw in the third Test finishing the day losing just five wickets when the hosts needed to bowl them out to win.
The fourth Test starts in Brisbane on Friday.

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