Jonny Bairstow tricks Steve Smith with fake fielding
As Steve Smith finished with 80 runs for Australia’s first innings on Day 2 of Oval Test, Smith turned pink when he was asked about a fake run out trick used by Jonny Bairstow on Friday.
The English wicket-keeper tricked the No. 1 batsman of the world to take a sharp dive to save himself by reaching for the crease. Bairstow pretending to take a throw to get Smith run-out, got a moment of chuckle as Smith ran for his life as he was under impression of getting run-out.
It was only moments later that he realised that he was tricked as there was no bowl anywhere near. To his surprise, the ball had been at the recieving end of the bowler’s side.
Later a reporter asked Smith about the incident to which he said, “He got me there, didn’t he? Dirtied my clothes. He didn’t say anything, I don’t think but he got me. I didn’t know where the ball was. Bloody thing. Faked it. He got me. I don’t know what else to say.”
— Ollie Green (@OllieGreen_) September 13, 2019
The tricky incident bought a smile on Smith’s face.
According to ICC rules, “it is unfair for any fielder to willfully attempt by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsmen after the striker has received the ball.” As a result five penalty runs are added to the opponent’s score if the team is found guilty of indulging in fake fielding.