The second test against New Zealand saw the Australian skipper Steve Smith fined 30 percent and seamer Josh Hazlewood fined 15 percent of their match fees after an explosive behaviour against umpire Ranmore Martinesz.
Josh Hazlewood was already fined by the International Cricket Council after the on field mic caught him saying, “Who the f— is the third umpire?” to Martinesz. Later, the ICC summoned Steve Smith and asked him to explain his action when the video caught him reacting angrily at the umpire. Luckily for him, he has managed to escape the mic.
The drama unfolded on day four after an LBW on Hazlewood’s balling was turned down by the third umpire’s review, thus, favouring Kane Williamson. According to Smith, he wanted to know why the ‘snickometer’ technology was not used in the decision.
“I thought I was well within my rights to go up to the umpire and ask him why we didn’t use the real-time snicko,” Smith said. “That’s deemed to be dissent and I’ll cop that on the chin and I need to be better as a leader, I need to set the example and that was not good enough.”
He believed that given that situation, he has acted out correctly. Yet, he did admit crossing the line.
“For us it’s about knowing where that line is and myself and Josh Hazlewood have crossed that line in this Test match and that’s not what we’re about, and hopefully we can learn from that and continue to develop as a team and get better.”
The captain defended his team, how hard they play without offending anyone at the crease.
“I don’t think we’re not nice guys. We play a good, hard, aggressive brand of cricket.”
Smith continued to admit his mistakes, “For me it’s about trying to learn from my mistakes and improve and try and get this team going forward in the right direction and playing the good aggressive brand of cricket that we play so well and know there’s a line there that we can’t cross.”
The second test, in Christchurch, was won by Australia by seven wickets, which saw them topping the world test rankings. Despite all these drama, New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum went on to say how there is a friendly relationship between the neighbours.
“This series has been played in great spirits, I think, and the one back in Australia. I think Steve Smith has been a catalyst for that. They’re number one in the world now and a lot of that is to do with his leadership and (Australia coach) Darren Lehmann’s as well.”