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Sport Smith hits back at 'white anting' claims

11:51  03 december  2019
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It was an early incident on day four of the Adelaide Test involving former captain Smith and his successor Paine that drew the attention Chappell.

Smith appeared to be in Paine's ear suggesting he move a fielder to the offside which led Chappell to suggest that Smith was "white anting" the captain.

"I tell you what I don't like to see, Steve Smith is moving a few fieldsmen around," Chappell said on Macquarie Sports Radio.

a man wearing a hat: Steve Smith and Tim Paine. © Getty Steve Smith and Tim Paine.

"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.

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"Steve Smith started moving him, I hate to see that.

"England used to do it a bit, blokes other than the captain (moving the field), and I always felt it was white anting the captain."

But on Tuesday, a measured Smith denied those claims and explained he was only looking to help the team in any way he could.

David Warner, Steve Smith in uniform: David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. © Getty David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith.

"I only try and help Tim as much as I can," Smith exclusively told 9News. "He's doing a terrific job, but I give him suggestions and things like that.

"I only want the team to do well. I'm certainly not undermining him."

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It's not the first time the issue has surfaced since Smith's return to the Test team after his one-year ban following the ball-tampering scandal. In his very first match back, against England at Edgbaston, Smith was seen given directions to fieldsmen to move positions which raised eyebrows.

It may have been a less than desirable series for Smith with bat in hand but Australia's best player still managed to reach a new milestone when he became the fastest player to reach 7000 Test runs.

Steve Smith wearing a hat © Getty Steve Smith

The 30-year-old reached 7000 Test runs in his 126th innings, eclipsing the mark of 131 innings set by England great Sir Walter Hammond in 1946.

Smith reached the landmark when he scored his 23rd run at the Adelaide Oval, with a pull shot off Musa Khan to backward square leg.

Smith became the 50th player in Test history, and the 11th Australian, to reach 7000 runs. At age 30, he's also the youngest of the 11 Australians to reach the mark, edging out Ricky Ponting by just over a month.

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