Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, without cap, celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of India's captain Virat Kohli during the third day of the third Test in Ranchi.
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, without cap, celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of India's captain Virat Kohli during the third day of the third Test in Ranchi. Aijaz Rahi

Laxman hits new low with Aussie cricketers

CRICKET: Relationships between the Australian and Indian teams have hit a new low with VVS Laxman launching an attack on Australian captain Steve Smith in which he makes an uncalled for reference to the late Phillip Hughes.

The Indian great was scathing in his assertion that Smith and Glenn Maxwell had mocked rival Virat Kohli's shoulder injury on day three of the third Test in Ranchi.

While Maxwell did grab his shoulder in an apparent reference to Kohli's injury, Smith never did.

Some images suggested Smith had celebrated the Indian skipper's dismissal by grabbing his shoulder but footage confirmed the hand belonged to a teammate who was coming in to hug him.

Laxman however didn't hold back, launching an attack on Smith's leadership and bringing Hughes into a non-issue.

"That's very disappointing. You can sledge it's fine, but not mocking someone who is injured, in pain," Laxman said.

"I've never experienced that because when you are injured, you always care for the opposition player as well.

"Especially after what happened to Phil Hughes, everyone is concerned when someone gets injured.

"You play the game a hard way but the spirit of the game should be there. This is defying the spirit of the game."

Indian opener Murali Vijay suggested Australia would cop some backlash on day four for Maxwell's mocking of their skipper.

"All of the players are aware of it. And whatever they are doing, we take it as a sporting thing," he said.

"There's going to be a second innings. So hopefully they can take it (when it comes back). It'll be great."

The incident is just the latest between the two teams since the tour started.

It comes after Kholi was captured on television earlier on day three sarcastically applauding after Smith had burnt through all of Australia's DRS reviews.

News Corp Australia


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