Accusations of unfair play by Australia in their Test defeat by India are "outrageous", says Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland. Conversely Indian cricket authorities responded with a strong rebuttal, insisting they "steadfastly stand" with Kohli and his team.
Quote one from James Sutherland:
"I find the allegations questioning the integrity of Steve Smith, the Australian team and the dressing room, outrageous. We reject any commentary that suggests our integrity was brought into disrepute or that systemic unfair tactics are used, and stand by Steve and the Australian cricketers who are proudly representing our country."
Quote two from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI):
"Virat Kohli is a mature and seasoned cricketer and his conduct on the field has been exemplary. BCCI has requested the ICC to take cognisance of the fact that Smith admitted to a 'brain fade' at that moment.
Quote three from Steve Smith, Australian captain:
"I shouldn't have done that. It was a bit of brain-fade on my behalf. I think it was the first time it's happened."
How can Sutherland take his stance when Smith has admitted he did cheat? More so, note how he also says "he thinks it was the first time". If it is indeed the first time you state it to be so, not say "you think".
Besides, the Indian team had reported his actions to the umpires so we have that as corroboration he has previously done this. If you're going to cheat at least man up once rumbled and stop making out you're the innocent victim.
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The row centres around Smith looking up to his side's dressing room during the game when pondering whether to ask for a review after he was given out lbw. The laws of the game forbid players from consulting with anyone off the field about whether to use the Decision Review System (DRS), as support staff have access to television replays in the dressing room.