Peter Handscomb has taken the blame for Australia cricket team’s controversial use of the Decision Review System during the second Test match of their four-game series against India in Bangalore.
The 25-year old admitted that he was the one who suggested his skipper Steve Smith to refer to the Aussie dressing room after being adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling of Umesh Yadav.
Handscomb took to Twitter to defend his captain and he also took the blame for what Smith has termed as a “brain fade”. The Aussie batsman also said that he did not know the rules pertaining to DRS referral.
I referred smudga to look at the box... my fault and was unaware of the rule. Shouldn't take anything away from what was an amazing game!— Peter Handscomb (@phandscomb54) March 7, 2017
“I referred smudga to look at the box... my fault and was unaware of the rule. Shouldn’t take anything away from what was an amazing game!” Handscomb tweeted.
Steve Smith’s action did not go down well with India skipper Virat Kohli as he shared a few words with his Australian counterpart on field and then in the post-match conference, he indicated that the Aussies were cheating.
“We have been inconsistent with the DRS but we take our decisions on the field, we don’t ask for confirmation from the dressing room. I have seen it twice while batting. I have seen their players looking upstairs (dressing room). I told the umpires, this had to stop. I don’t want to mention the word but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field.”
The action also infuriated a lot of cricket legends who were not happy with the Australia skipper’s disregard towards the rules of the game. Talking about the incident, Sunil Gavaskar told NDTV, “It was quite blatant and Peter Handscomb suggested to Smith and then Smith asked the guy at the dressing room. I don’t think that was in the spirit of the game. We have to see what the ICC and Match Referee do.”
Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke also criticised Steve Smith for his ‘brain fade’ moment and asked the authorities to look into the matter.
“I want to find out from the Australian team if they’re using the DRS in that way, if they are then that is unacceptable”, Clarke said when asked about the incident.