What actually happened ..? The Australian team came into the field a few minutes before Rishabh Pant and Chateshwar Pujara after lunch break today in the Sydney Test. Former Australia captain Steve Smith came close to the wickets to field on the slip. Rishabh Pant then came into the crease and erased the guard mark that had been drawn till then. Smith looks around and sees the guard mark being erased as a thief on stump camera. Rishabh Pant, who came into the crease after Smith erased the mark, had to take the help of the field umpire again as his guard mark was not visible. Until then, Rishabh Pant (97: 118 off 12×4, 3×6) had dominated the Australian bowlers, with Smith apparently plotting to undermine his batting rhythm.
Steve Smith has been ruled out of the IPL 2018 season due to a one-year ban. Rahane took over the captaincy of the Rajasthan Royals in the middle of the IPL 2019 season. Smith then went on to captain the IPL 2020 season, scoring 311 runs in 14 matches. The list of players who will be retained by the franchisees in the IPL has to be submitted by January 20. There are indications that the mini auction will take place on February 11.