Australian captain Steve Smith has shut down the suggestions of ball-tampering after a video of him using lip balm from the corner of his mouth during Sunday’s ODI loss against England raised eyebrows.
Smith laughed off the reaction, after watching a replay of the video, saying it was his standard technique to shine the white ball with no assistance from any foreign substance.
“It was all spit. People said something about lip balm. If you look at my lips they are pretty dry. I certainly didn’t have any of that on,” he told reporters after the match.
“It is just the way I get the spit into the side of my mouth and get some spit onto the ball. There was nothing in it.”
Here’s the video:
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 21, 2018
However, England has sealed the five-match ODI series in Sydney after a stunning century from Jos Buttler helping the visitors to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the 5 match series.