Australia batsman Steve Smith was fined on Thursday for showing dissent after being given out in a Sheffield Shield game. Smith, playing for the New South Wales, was batting on 103 when he tried to uppercut a Marcus Stoinis delivery and was caught by wicketkeeper Josh Inglis. Smith was left visibly disappointed at the decision and was seen shaking his head while walking back to the pavilion.
Steve Smith was fined 25% of his match fee for breaching the Level 1 Code of Conduct. Subsequently, Smith accepted the charge. He scored his slowest-ever first-class hundred, staying at the crease for a monumental 295 deliveries. Smith’s innings was laced with 11 boundaries and 2 hits over the fence. Smith’s marathon hundred, along with half-centuries from Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes and Pat Cummins, helped New South Wales pile on 444/8 against Western Australia. Marcus Stoinis, Liam O Connor and D’Arcy Short picked up 2 wickets each, while the other two wickets were picked up by Matthew Kelly and Liam Guthrie.
Steve Smith’s patient knock comes as a warning to the touring Pakistan side, who wreaked havoc in their game against Australia A. Pakistan had a lot of positives after Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam scored hundreds before their pace attack bowled out Australia A for 122. The 3-day practice match ended in a draw, and watching Steve Smith bat in the Sheffield Shield, they would know that the challenge would be different when they take on Australia in the 1st Test on 21st November.
Steve Smith has been sensational form coming into the series. Before his hundred in the Sheffield Shield, Smith scored 2 half-centuries in 3 T20I innings against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. On the Test front, Smith smashed a mammoth 774 runs in just 7 innings in The Ashes 2019 in England, scoring 3 fifties and 3 centuries.