Legendary Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has accused Steve Smith of ‘white-anting’ Tim Paine, Australia’s current Test captain, during the second and final Test against Pakistan.
Chappell, former Australian Test captain, has leveled accusations at Smith for undermining Paine by making changes in field placements set by the current skipper on the fourth day of the Day-Night Test against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, December 1.
Smith, the former Australian skipper, is currently serving ban from leadership positions until the end of March 2020 for his role in the ball-tempering scandal in South Africa, though, the ban could not stop him from helping Paine, but Chappell feels his assistance has crossed the mark in Adelaide.
The 76-year-old was disappointed with Smith’s behavior in handling field positions, as Australians managed to claim their first wicket of the day in the second session after wrecked havoc on Pakistan's top order before stumps on day three.
Chappell said on Macquarie Sports Radio, “I tell you what I don’t like to see, Steve Smith is moving a few fieldsmen around. 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.
He signed off by saying, “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.”
Noteworthy, Australian has won the second match – pink-ball Test by an innings and 48 runs to clinch the series 2-0 against Pakistan after dismissing the tourists for 239 on Day 4 in Adelaide.
(With Fox Sports Inputs)