The second match of the three-match series between Australia and New Zealand begin in Melbourne from Thursday. Former Australia captain Steve Smith appeared to be embroiled in controversy in the Boxing Day Test match being played against New Zealand at Melbourne. While going to bat first, the New Zealand fans hooked up against him and then he got entangled with the umpire on the field.
On the first day of the historic Boxing Day Test, the Australia team was surrounded in controversies. The controversy was attributed to his former captain Steve Smith. Australian opener David Warner was out just before lunch. Smith then came out to bat on the field. During the batting, he was seen arguing with field umpire Nigel Llong.
In the final over before the break, when Smith was dealing with Neil Wagner, who had bagged his wickets in the previous Test, the Australian tried to rotate the strike after being hit on the body by a short-pitched delivery but was stopped by Llong.
It happened again in the same over as Llong denied him another leg-bye. According to the rule books, a leg bye can’t be added unless a shot is being offered or evasive action is taken and Llong was not convinced that Smith had taken evasive action to the delivery that hit him on the body. When the umpire prevented Smith from taking a run, he started arguing with him.
Former Australian spinner Shane Warne, who was in a commentator's role in the match, supported Smith. He said during the commentary, “that’s the wrong call”. Steve Smith has every right to get angry because Nigel Llong took the decision that was not right. According to the rule, if the ball hits the body, the batsman has the right to take the run. Whether you played a shot or not. I am sure someone will go and talk to Nigel Llong about this during lunch. ”