Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Virat Kohli sledged by Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell in Ranchi Test

Virat Kohli sledged by Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell in Ranchi Test

Smith continued to take the easy singles on offer and added 51 runs with Steve O'Keefe before Umesh and Jadeja combined to remove the final three wickets for five runs and keep Australia to 451.

Footage then emerged of Steve Smith seemingly grabbing his shoulder after holding the catch to dismiss Kohli, however it was an illusion.

Kohli has himself struggled with the review of late so he clearly enjoyed seeing Steve Smith waste one.

The pair are feuding after Smith admitted he had broke the rules of the decision review system by consulting the dressing room during the second Test.

Kohli came into the home series with Australia in supreme form, having compiled double-hundreds in four consecutive series against West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.

VVS Laxman has referenced the death of Phillip Hughes in a scathing and ill-informed critique of Australia's conduct, saying the visitors defied the spirit of cricket in Ranchi. It prompted Smith to waste a review and Kohli to celebrate. Kohli had broken down on the first day in similar circumstances.

Earlier, Smith's unbeaten 178 was the bedrock of the tourists' innings which also featured a first Test century by all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. "That's very disappointing. You can sledge.it's fine, but not mocking someone who is injured, in pain", said at tea break.

"That's the way he's been playing this series".

"Especially after what happened to Phil Hughes, everyone is concerned when someone gets injured".

It's one thing to be aggressive and try to get under your rivals' skin but quite another to mock an injured opponent.

"The ultra edge looked like it lit up before it hit the bat", Brett Lee said on Star Sports.

India will resume its first innings at 6-360 on day four, trailing Australia by 91 runs. Whatever they're doing, we take it sportively. In Matthew Wade, Australia found an attacking option to try and up the ante.

"I know he came out and clapped".

"And there's pressure on everyone at the moment".

"I've never experienced that because when you are injured, you always care for the opposition player as well".

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