Australian cricketer Steve Smith caught on the stump camera scuffing up the Rishabh Pant's guard on purpose during the drinks break on day five of the third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Smith faced severe backlash from the fans as well as on social media. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Monday criticised Australia's Steve Smith for this negative act.
The former player said it was a "very, very poor" act from Smith. "This is very very poor from Steve smith!" Vaughan tweeted. Vaughan also praised team India and wrote, "Love Test Cricket ... This Indian team has shown in the last 2 Tests Great skill but more so much more mental resilience ... btw I believe @RishabhPant17 is a special player who will have a period of dominance in all formats soon."
The stump camera recorded members of the Australian side coming to the crease. Smith appeared to be using his feet to scuff the marks left by Rishabh Pant. It then forced the batsman to take his guard all over again.