Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell slams Steve Smith for ‘white anting’ captain Tim Paine and telling him where to place his field
- Ian Chappell has slammed Steve Smith during the second Test against Pakistan
- The cricket legend accused Smith of moving around fielders on Monday
- He said moving field positions feels like the ‘white anting’ of the captain
Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell has slammed Steve Smith for ‘white anting’ captain Tim Paine and telling him where to place his field.
The 76-year-old took a swipe at Smith during day four of Australia’s second Test against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Monday.
‘I tell you what I don’t like to see, Steve Smith is moving a few fieldsmen around,’ Chappell said on Macquarie Sports Radio.
Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell has slammed Steve Smith (left with wife Dani Willis) for telling captain Tim Paine how to place his field
‘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.
‘Steve Smith started moving him, I hate to see that.’
Smith, the former Australian captain, was sacked from his leadership role following the ball tampering scandal. He served a one-year ban before returning to international duties earlier this year.
Chappell compared Smith’s movements to cricketers in the English squad.
‘England used to do it a bit, blokes other than the captain and I always felt it was white anting the captain,’ he said.
Australia wrapped the match on Monday, whitewashing Pakistan with an innings-and-48-run win.
Pat Cummins (left), Tim Paine (centre) and Steve Smith (right) speak between overs during day four of the Second Test against Pakistan on Monday
The victorious two-Test series marked just the second time in Australia’s history they had won all the matches in a series by more than an innings – with the other being against Bangladesh in 2003.
It was also the first time they have won back-to-back matches by such a margin in almost eight years, dating back to the 2011-12 summer against India.
‘It was really pleasing,’ Paine said.
‘I thought we played some really good cricket for all the series. Barring the fielding yesterday I thought all of our cricket was good.
‘We’re starting to get the contributions from our top order we have asked for for a little while.
‘And I thought our bowlers in both Test matches were excellent to create as many chances as they did.’
‘I tell you what I don’t like to see, Steve Smith is moving a few fieldsmen around,’ Chappell (pictured) said on Macquarie Sports Radio