International Test Cricket

Aus wont tone down aggression despite Smith’s fine – Warner

Warner

Australian Test Vice-Captain David Warner has said that the new no.1 Team in World Cricket will not tone down its aggressive style of play, and commented that better use of the DRS system could have prevented the ugly scenes that took center stage in the Christchurch encounter.

Skipper Steve Smith and paceman Josh Hazlewood were both fined a healthy portion of their match fees as a result of a heated altercation with the on-field umpire. The pair questioned the decision of the tv umpire that went in favor of New Zealand’s star batsman Kane Williamson. The hostspot technology showed a whitespot on Williamson’s bat, while Smith and Hazlewood argued that the spot was a result of the kiwi batsman’s pad hitting the bat.

“In Steve’s case where they used the HotSpot but didn’t use the Snicko that’s where he was arguing the point why they didn’t use it. But with conclusive evidence for the third umpire saying he hit it, he didn’t need to use it.

When you’re on the field that’s not communicated to you, so that’s why he might have stepped across the line a little bit, and he didn’t know that until he came off the field. If he had his time again and he knew that he wouldn’t have debated that with the umpire.

There has been a bit of talk about the team and the aggressive brand of cricket that we play. Steve spoke about not trying to cross that line. Stump mics were turned up and they said it was so-called ‘human error’ which was convenient at the time.”

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