Steve Smith transmits the commentator's contribution to Aaron Finch during the third T20I
SYDNEY Steve Smith It almost caused problems on Friday during Australia's third T20I against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. Smith, who was in communication with the commentators on the air through the microphone, transmitted the commentator's input to the captain Aaron Finch On day 17, Pat Cummins was bowling.
Apparently, Smith was not aware of the fact that Cummins was making a hat-trick on the first ball of the over, since he had removed two wickets from the last two balls of his previous over. The commentators reminded him of that and he ended up communicating the information to Finch and suggested that a slip be placed for the ball.
However, Finch had none of that and made no changes in the field. The batter survived that delivery.
The players who talk to the commentators on the microphones are common T20 matches in Australia. Although this phenomenon is rare in international matches in India, it is a common practice in the Indian Premier League. However, there have been cases of commentators who are in trouble for transmitting too much information during their interactions.
In 2017, the Australian commentator Mark Howard's conversation with Brad Hodge, who was then captain of the Adelaide Strikers, during a Big Bash League game was investigated by Cricket Australian integrity unit. Howard, commenting on Network Ten, informed Hodge about Ben Laughlin's impressive recent record against Shane watson , who played for the Sydney Thunder opposition team.
Hodge said he will bring Laughlin in the next one and, in fact, he did. Watson did not fall to Laughlin that day, but CA was definitely not impressed with the exchange.
Australia beat Sri Lanka seven wickets in the third T20I and thus completed a 3-0 laundering in the series.