Do not cross the line,warns Smith

Steve Smith said that while it's difficult at times for fast bowlers to control their emotions and passion, the captains need to keep in mind that they shouldn't let their players go overboard.

By Our Bureau in Calcutta
  • Published 13.03.18
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Calcutta: Steve Smith said that while it's difficult at times for fast bowlers to control their emotions and passion, the captains need to keep in mind that they shouldn't let their players go overboard.

Bowlers have to be careful with their celebrations and stay within the rules set by the ICC, Smith emphasised.

"I think it's something the ICC has been trying to crack down on for some time and just trying to ensure that things look sportsmanlike out on the field," Smith said at the post-match media conference.

"It's probably the time that they (quicks) don't need to celebrate as much. They've just got your wicket and you're on your way, so it's a time to just chill out and be happy that it's done.

"It can be difficult at times. You want to see guys enjoying themselves and getting in the battle, and it's just about ensuring that you do not cross the line and make sure you stay within the boundaries of what's acceptable and what's not.

"Sometimes guys are going to go over the top and probably get done for it, but it's about trying to stay within the boundaries," Smith added.

Australia don't have to tackle Kagiso Rabada in the next two Tests, but Smith asked his batsmen to rise to the occasion and make the job easier for the team.

"If we're getting batsmen scoring big hundreds, then that helps us out. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to do that, but we have a good opportunity to turn it around," he said.