India celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Peter Handscomb during the fourth day of the second Test.
India celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Peter Handscomb during the fourth day of the second Test. Aijaz Rahi

Aussie coach says DRS cheating claims 'absurd'

AUSTRALIAN assistant coach David Saker believes the DRS fiasco in Bangalore may help prompt the ICC to crack down on the amount of time it gives captains to refer decisions.

Saker blasted Virat Kohli's assertion that the Australians are systematic cheaters of the DRS as "absurd" and deeply offensive.

However, the respected coach has conceded the incident involving Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb may instigate a rule change when the ICC Cricket Committee meets at Lord's in May.

Australia might not be guilty of cheating the system, but Saker believes the delay of live television feeds does open the game's rules to exploitation.

"I think the ICC maybe might be looking at something, maybe shortening the time the captains are given," said Saker.

"Because there is a lot of time, that could actually happen if you wanted to do it. I've never seen it and I've never heard anybody ever talk about it until (this drama) so, as I said, it's nothing that we've ever done and I've never heard of."

Saker stopped short of saying the Australian camp had lost respect for Indian captain Virat Kohli, however he admitted the vitriolic attack launched by the Indian skipper had not gone down well.

"It's really offensive. Probably the worst thing you can be called is cheats," he said.

"That's an offensive thing and we have never done something like that and never will ... You should have to back up what you say.

"We will rub it off, get on to Ranchi and try and win there.

"It's pretty much absurd. I think when actually Steven Smith did look up we were more horrified than anyone else because we had never seen that before.

"We haven't got any elaborate sign system and when he did do that it was quite a surprise to us. But that's never happened to me anywhere in my time in cricket."

Handscomb says the fiasco has been a major learning curve for him, with the Test newcomer admitting he had no idea you couldn't seek guidance from the dressing room when he motioned to batting partner Smith to look upstairs.

The classy middle-order star says he didn't see Kohli make a throat-slitting gesture when he was given out, but said the events of the past couple of days won't tempt Australia to push the boundaries.

"I thought we handled him quite well on the field," he said.

"We just go about our business, we're not trying to get into a verbal stoush out there and if that's what they need to do to get themselves up for the competition then that's perfectly fine and they're well within their rights to.

"It's going to be fine.

"We just go about it and do our job.

"That will be my approach, and just see what the other boys do."

News Corp Australia


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