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Ian Chappell accuses Smith of “white-anting” Tim Paine

Ian Chappell accuses Smith of “white-anting” Tim Paine

Former Australian cricketer, Ian Chappell is not happy with Steve Smith’s attitude after the Test series against Pakistan. The legendary cricketer accused Smith of “white-anting” Tim Paine. 

He blamed Smith for undermining Paine as he moved the fielding positions during the 4th Day of the Adelaide Test match.

“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”, Chappell quoted. 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.”

Smith is currently serving the leadership ban (ending in March 2020) which resulted from the ball-tampering incident during the Test match against South Africa at Cape Town during March 2018. Smith, who holds the key importance in the Australian side, is still not sure whether he will regain the captaincy of the team or not after his ban ends.