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  • In Bengaluru Test Smith was caught looking toward the dressing room balcony for DRS advice

Kohli said he did not regret what he had said after the Bengaluru game

The ICC did not level any charge against any player after the Test

Australian skipper Steve Smith on Wednesday rejected Virat Kohli’s insinuation that he repeatedly cheated while taking DRS calls, saying the claims by his Indian counterpart are “complete rubbish”.

The second Test in Bengaluru ended in controversy after Smith was caught looking toward the dressing room balcony for advice on DRS appeal against his dismissal.

“From my point of view I think they’re completely wrong. I obviously came out after the game and said I made a mistake and it was an error on my behalf, it was a brain fade,” Smith said at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the third Test here.

“In regards to saying we do it consistently, that’s complete rubbish in my opinion. I think he was wrong in his statement,” Smith said of Kohli’s allegations that the Aussie skipper had on previous occasions too resorted to taking dressing room’s help on whether to call for a review.
Speaking to the media earlier, Kohli stressed on moving on but maintained that he did not regret what he had said after the Bengaluru game.
“Not from my point of view… Yeah, it’s about moving on on and concentrating on this Test here. It’s been a great series so far, the cricket that’s been played, and hopefully cricket can be the winner out here in the Test match.
“It’s an exciting one, one-all in the series, half way through the series. We’re all excited about this Test and hopefully it can be a good one.”

The ICC did not level any charge against any player after the Test and match referee Richie Richardson will bring both the captains together ahead of penultimate game.

It appears that Australia will go in with Pat Cummins ahead of Jackson Bird because of his capability to bowl quicker.
“I think (Cummins) has got some good variations. Watching him bowl yesterday he bowled these cutters on the wicket and they were actually ragging (spinning). He’s got some good skills there as well. The extra pace is always nice on there.”
There is also a race between all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell for the number six position left vacant by Marsh, who was ruled out with a shoulder injury.[clickToTweet tweet=” Virat Kohli’s claims are complete rubbish, says Steve Smith” quote=”India v Australia: Virat Kohli’s claims are complete rubbish, says Steve Smith”][social_warfare buttons=”Facebook,Twitter”]

“We’ve got a few options here. Maxwell and Stoinis are obviously different all-rounders. We’ll look at whether we need a bit more pace or another spinning option.”

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