AUS Vs NZ: Steve Smith Lashes Out At Umpire After Questionable Dead Ball; Watch Video

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Things got heated in the second AUS vs NZ Test when Steve Smith took offence to Nigel Llong calling two dead balls in a Neil Wagner over before the lunch break.

Written By Mrigank Pandey | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Australia ended Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday. The hosts, who are leading the 3-match Test series 1-0, are in a dominant position in Melbourne against the Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand. At Stumps, Australia were 257-4 after 90 overs after New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. Steve Smith was unbeaten on 77, while Travis Head accompanied him with 25 runs of his own.

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Steve Smith gets into a heated argument with the umpire

Just before the lunch break, Steve Smith was facing an over from Neil Wagner. Wagner, who got Smith's wicket in both innings at Perth, targeted the batsman with a few short deliveries. Smith did not offer a shot to two of these deliveries and attempted to take a run but umpire Nigel Llong was not having any of it. Llong called a dead-ball in both situations and left Steve Smith fuming after the second call. 

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Smith got into an intense argument with umpire Nigel Llong, who was also very animated. Australian legends Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist, who were on commentary duties, discussed the happenings too. Warne sided with Smith and insisted that Llong was wrong as Smith was entitled to a run after taking evasive action from the short ball. Gilchrist added a more open perspective as he explored the possibility of Llong being aware of the fact that Matthew Wade used a similar tactic earlier to get a few runs. 

Smith was quite surprisingly booed by the 80,400-strong MCG crowd. Social media was abuzz watching that incident as well, with fans giving mixed reactions. Here are some of them:

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