Ian Chappell accuses Steve Smith of undermining Tim Paine
ADELAIDE: former Australian captain Ian Chappell feel Steve Smith undercut current pattern Tim Paine trying to establish the field in the second Test against Pakistan, which the home team won by tickets and 48 races here on Monday.
Smith captained the team before losing the post after the ball manipulation scandal last year. Chappell said the batting pillar should not be as involved in field placements as it seemed on Monday when Australia finished the 2-0 series win.
I tell you what I don't like to see, Steve Smith is moving a few fieldsmen around, Chappell told 'Macquarie Sports Radio'.
He did have a chat with Tim Paine, trying to talk Tim Paine into moving a fielder on the off-side, but I'm not sure Tim Paine moved him as far as Steve Smith wanted. Steve Smith started moving him, I hate to see that, I added.
David Warner's 335 was the highlight of Australia's victory here.
Chappell said Smith's behavior was equivalent to a white ant Paine. White Anting is an Australian term to describe the action that seeks to bring down from within.
England used to do it a bit, other guys besides the captain and I always felt that he was white bothering the captain, he said.
Smith was expelled from the Australian captaincy for two years due to his role in the ball manipulation scandal and will be eligible for the role in April next year.