” Only he knows if it was intentional or not ” – Alastair Cook gives his opinion on Smith’s pitch scuffing controversy

Australia’s Steve Smith was a center of discussion among cricket fraternity when his video of scuffing Pant’s guard on the pitch at Day 5 of Sydney Test had gone viral. He had coped a lot of criticism from fans and former cricketers for this even though there were many defending him as well calling it just Smith’s mannerisms.

Even though slightly late, England’s former cricketer Sir Alastair Cook has shared his opinion on this whole controversy. He said that given the background of Steve Smith, it’s very easy for people to question him but only Steve Smith knew what he was doing and whether it was intentional or not.

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“I think, given what has happened [with Steve Smith in the past], obviously everything is going to be talked about. I think like anything in a series when you try to put the opposition off, it’s been taken a little bit out of context, I’d imagine. Whether it is intentional or not, only he will know but, yeah, it only makes you more intrigued,” Cook said this in an interview to RadioTimes.Com.

Cook also reckoned the incident was slightly blown out of proportion. Steve Smith and Australian camp had also shown disappointment over how this whole thing was concluded when Smith didn’t mean to do what came out in the public.

India showed the way for England to play in Australia

Cook also said that this Indian team showed the rest of the world, particularly England to how to play in Australia and England would have to play the same way in the next Ashes.

“England have some serious strength in depth to be able to go there and play well. You see India have done a job on them in this series and almost showed the way to play against this Australia side,” Cook stated in the same interview.

India played proper grind cricket and wore down Australia by giving nothing away which is why Cook thinks they managed to win the series from after being 36 All out in the first Test at Adelaide.

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