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Michael Vaughan says no suspension is required for the last two Tests despite onfield banters

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Michael Vaughan. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The 2nd Test between India and Australia saw it’s fair share of onfield dramas and action and in the end, the hosts prevailed by 75 runs. It was an exceptional come from victory by India especially after conceding big first innings lead considering the context of the game. There were several on field banters involving players from either countries and situation got worse when Kohli indirectly accused him of cheating. Though he didn’t mention the word but it was understandable from his reaction.

Steve Smith was given out by the on-field umpire Nigel Llong and Peter Handscomb who was his partner went straight up to him and asked him to consult with the dressing room whether he should go for the review or not. The umpire intervened immediately and asked him to head back to the pavilion. Kohli mentioned in the press conference that it wasn’t the first time that the Aussies looked at the dressing room when choosing a review.

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Kohli complained it to the umpires so they knew already that what was Smith up and stopped him immediately. It was an exceptional match and it was pretty disappointing to see a non-cricketing matter taking the centre stage at the end. Former English captain Michael Vaughan voiced his opinion and said irrespective of what has happened it was a brilliant Test match and no one should be suspended for the remaining two Tests.

Taking to his twitter handle Vaughan wrote, “Brain Fade, uptoCheating..Whatever you want to call it .!! but that Test match was compulsory viewing. We don’t need and suspensions.” Former Aussie captain Michael Clarke was also disappointed with what transpired after Smith’s dismissal and called it “unacceptable”. He also blamed Peter Handscomb for group to his captain and suggesting him to look at the dressing room to get some help.

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“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 was quoted as saying by India Today. “My concern and my worry is that when you look at the footage of what happened with Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb actually suggests to him to turn around and have a look at the support staff.

“If it is only a one-off, I don’t think that would have happened. The fact that Handscomb is even thinking about telling the Australian captain to turn around and look to the support staff, I’ve got my concerns.”

Virat Kohli during the post-match press conference said that despite being inconsistent with the Decision Review System they don’t look at the dressing room for confirmation. “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.”

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