India vs Australia: Steve Smith says sorry for 'letting his emotions slip'

The former Australian batsman said the series should be remembered more for the cricketing contest between the two sides and not for the occasional spats between the players and the Boards. Smith will just get better and better.

Resuming at yesterday's score of 248-6, Wriddhiman Saha (31) and Ravindra Jadeja (63) kept the scoreboard ticking as the duo shared a crucial 96-run stand for seventh wicket to guide India to a total of 332 runs and first-innings lead of 32 runs.

The skipper said: "Yeah, I was a little bit disappointed that the BCCI sieved through the archive to find a conversation out on the field that was happening between Matty and Jadeja".

"Chris Woakes was picked up in the auction and he has been in very good form for England. I gues that is something that I have learned as well that you've got to sort of go with the flow at times here in India and if you build a bit of pressure and get a wicket then things can happen pretty quickly", Smith said.

It reignited yet another ugly standoff between the teams, with Smith - who was labelled a systematic cheat by Virat Kohli earlier in the series - letting his feelings be known how he felt about Vijay's ethics.

"My answer at the post match conference has been blown way out of proportion", Kohli tweeted.

Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday congratulated its Test team for the quality performance during the recently concluded four-match Test series against India.

Smith deserves to take pride in his gesture to Rahane, as well as his performances with the bat in India, which held together an Australia top and middle order which lacked consistency across the series.

Hodge hoped the Indian skipper would not turn out to be like the many cricketers who have "limped" into the lucrative IPL.

"I've been in my own bubble and I've let my emotions bubble over I apologise for that". "I know them really, but I know where to draw the line of friendship".

The way Ajinkya captained in this game was really pleasing to see, all the more because it has just been four Test matches since he has come back from injury.

It mattered little though, with the final wicket of Josh Hazlewood falling two balls later, leaving Australia with the prevailing feeling that they'd come so close, yet so far. Finding that sort of mental fortitude at the end of a long series, when bodies and minds are exhausted, was a task beyond a young team, but something to aim for in future contests.

Lack of partnerships and poor depth of lower middle-order cost Australia the series. The KKR assistant coach said the home side will have to get into shape soon they will be playing on a home wicket which has been re-laid.

Kohli hit out at his critics both in the Australian media and at home saying: "As I've said before, it's not in my control".

Virat captioned the image as, "I am proud to be a part of this group".

  • Julie Sanders