Steve Smith was caught up in a bit of controversy during the 3rd ODI between Australia and England at the SCG on Sunday. The Australian skipper was seen rubbing his lips before he rubbed the ball.
It happened when England’s Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler were in the middle of a good partnership while batting first.
According to Law 42.3, players are allowed to “polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used”.
In December 2016, South African skipper Faf Du Plessis was found guilty in a similar incident. He was fined 100% of his match fee by the International Cricket Council under its code of conduct after TV footage emerged from the second Test against Australia in Hobart showing him applying ‘sugared saliva’ from a mint in his mouth to the ball in an attempt to aid swing.
Here is the video of Steve Smith rubbing the ball after rubbing his lips:
Looking for a bit of swing? Lip balm should do the trick. 💄👀pic.twitter.com/ppUidykXKj
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) January 21, 2018
Meanwhile, England went on to put up 302 for 6 on the board and then ended up winning the game by 16 runs restricting the Aussies to 286/6. Buttler went on to score an unbeaten century and Morgan finished his innings on 41.