India vs Australia 2nd Test: Michael Clarke terms Steven Smith's act 'unacceptable'

Deep inside, they must have been plotting a comeback and Steve Smith's unusual attempt to check with the dressing room whether to go for DRS gave them the chance.

The other part of his response was that Healy had once lost his temper after getting what he thought was a poor umpiring decision and that journalists should look it up on YouTube.

" I find the allegations questioning the integrity of Steve Smith, the Australian team and the dressing room, outrageous". I was looking at our boys.

The Australian innings collapsed at 112 with the visitors losing the second Test match to India by 75 runs.

Hughes, who scored an Australian record of 594 runs on the 1979-80 tour of India, believes an out-of-sorts David Warner needed to back his attacking instincts.

"When he turned back, the umpire knew what he was doing because we had observed that and we told that to match referee also and the umpires that this has been going for the past three days and this has to stop".

Considering the gravity of the situation and the charge, it is good that Indian skipper Kohli has been outspoken on the issue.

Asked if the word in question was "cheating" Kohli said: "I didn't say that, you did". "I think Steve Smith handled it well too, he had a bit of a laugh. I have not seen this happen anywhere before".

"My concern and my worry is that when you look at the footage of what happened with Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb. actually suggests to Steve Smith to turn around and have a look at the support staff". "In the words of Greg Chappell (former Australian captain), he (Smith) "would have done it differently" if he had his time over again", Hughes told Cricbuzz.

Kohli stated after the Test's conclusion that he had seen the Australians look towards their viewing area twice earlier in the match when he was batting, and had advised both on-field umpires to watch out for it.

"There's a line that you don't cross on the cricket field, because sledging and playing against the opponents is different, but ..."

However, Smith claimed that it was a brain fade on his behalf after listening to Handscomb.

Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly called for stern action against Smith during an interview with Aaj Tak.

In the post-match press conference, Smith sought to douse the fire, calling his actions a "brain fade" and something he shouldn't have done. "When pressed for his take on Healy's comments, Kohli said: "(I'll lose respect) in his eyes?

Australia will be forced to make a change for the third Test starting March 16, with struggling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh ruled out of the series due to a shoulder injury.

  • Salvatore Jensen