Sport Former Australian captain Ian Chappell accuses Steve Smith of 'white anting' Tim Paine
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While Steve Smith was dismissed four a dismal four runs, it should prove a blessing in disguise for Aussie fans.The top-order runs were a welcome relief after this year's Ashes series, where Australia consistently found themselves on the back foot early.
Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell has leveled accusations at Steve Smith for "white anting" Tim Paine during the second Test at Adelaide Oval.
As the Aussies continued to tighten the screws on Pakistan on the fourth day, after David Warner's incredible 335 helped set up a monstrous run total for the visitors to chase.
It was a slow start for the Australians who took until the second session to claim their first wicket of the day after skittling Pakistan's top order before stumps on day three.
And despite their struggles, it was the behaviours of Smith that grabbed the attention of Chappell, who he believed was undermining Paine by getting involved in handling field positions.
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If there's one thing to take from Australia's victory over Pakistan it's that a top order is forming, and Marnus Labuschagne is integral to the equation. The 25-year-old walked away with Man of the Match honours after notching his maiden Test century with a memorable 185 in front of his home crowd at the Gabba.His effort, alongside a 222-run opening partnership between Joe Burns and David Warner may just be the earliest of signs that Australia is finally loosening its dependence on Steve Smith.But it's the way in which Labuschagne holds himself that has pundits casting lofty expectations.
“I tell you what I don’t like to see, Steve Smith is moving a few fieldsmen around,” Chappell told Macquarie Sports Radio.
“He did have a chat with Tim Paine, trying to talk Tim Paine into moving a fielder on the off-side, but I’m not sure Tim Paine moved him as far as Steve Smith wanted.
"Steve Smith started moving him, I hate to see that.
“England used to do it a bit, blokes other than the captain and I always felt it was white-anting the captain.”
The comments from Chapell, one of the most respected names in Australian cricket, adds further intrigue to the debate surrounding whether Smith should replace Paine as captain next year.
Smith's ban from the captaincy for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering saga ends next March, and his stunning performances in the Ashes have led calls for him to be reinstated.
Whilst his heroic efforts in helping the Aussies retain the Ashes in England earlier in the year left fans drooling, Smith has been uncharacteristically poor so far in the series against Pakistan.
The superstar right-hander, who's averaging 64 at Test level, fell for 4 in the win at the Gabba, and was caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan for 36 on day one of the second Test.
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Steve Smith spent less time at the crease against Pakistan than in any other Test series in his career, and is ready to take his chances against New Zealand.Smith was hardly required in Australia's 2-0 trouncing of Pakistan, facing just 74 balls as the hosts' top-three scored 939 runs between them.