Bangalore, March 8 : Firmly backing Steve Smith, Cricket Australia today said that questioning his integrity is "outrageous" and there was no "ill-intent" in the captain's move of seeking dressing room help for a controversial DRS call during the second Test against India.
In a statement issued here, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said that CA firmly stands with Smith and the rest of the Australian cricket team.
"I find the allegations questioning the integrity of Steve Smith, the Australian Team and the dressing room, outrageous," Sutherland was quoted in a statement. "Steve is an outstanding cricketer and person, and role model to many aspiring cricketers and we have every faith that there was no ill-intent in his actions.”
"We reject any commentary that suggests our integrity was brought into disrepute or that systemic unfair tactics are used, and stand by Steve and the Australian Cricketers who are proudly representing our country," he added.
During the fourth day of the second Test match between India and Australia, Smith had gestured towards the dressing room to seek a clue on whether to go for a referral or not after he was trapped LBW by pacer Umesh Yadav. Australia later lost the match by 75 runs.
Sparks flew between him and the Indian skipper,ViratKohliafterthe referees noticed Smith's actions and intervened to stop him. Smith later tried to douse the fire by saying during the post-match press conference that it was a "brain fade" on his part and he shouldn't have done it.
But Kohli would have none of it and just about stopped short of labelling the Australian's actions as cheating. "I can only say, if it happens more than twice, it's not brain fade," said Kohli.
Smith’s disparaging actions and intent was later criticized by former Indian captains, Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly, who both urged the ICC to look into the matter.