Australia batsman Steve Smith was tricked into diving to complete a run by England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow on the second day of fifth Ashes Test at the Oval and the right-hander spoke about the hilarious incident after the end of the day’s play. Smith (80), who was dismissed for his lowest score in the series, helped visitors post 225 runs on the second day after England were all-out for 294. England reached 9/0 at stumps, taking their lead to 78.
Steve was once again at his frustrating best during the second day and Bairstow used a different tactic to ensure the star batsman loses his concentration. Smith was running a double and he was returning to the striker’s end. Bairstow, standing at the stumps, pretended that the throw is coming his way and he is about to run out Smith.
However, the fielder had threw the ball towards bowler Jofra Archer at non-striker’s end but Bairstow made it look like the ball was coming towards him and Smith dove full length to make sure he is inside the crease.
“He got me there, didn’t he? Dirtied my clothes,” Smith said at the end of day’s play. “He didn’t say anything, I don’t think but he got me. I didn’t know where the ball was. Bloody thing. Faked it. He got me. I don’t know what else to say.”
The trickery brought a smile on Smith’s face, but Australia bowler Andrew Tye was far from impressed. In a tweet, the Kings XI Punjab bowler wrote: “Is that not fake fielding?”
Is that not fake fielding? #Ashes— Andrew Tye (@aj191) September 13, 2019
As per ICC guidelines,“it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball” and five penalty runs are liable to be added to the opposition’s score if a team is found to indulge in “fake fielding”.