Steven Smith Caught on Camera Abusing Murali Vijay

Australia's wicketkeeper Matthew Wade successfully takes a catch to dismiss India's Karun Nair off the bowling of Nathan Lyon during the second day of play of the fourth and last Test cricket match between India and Australia at The Himachal Prade

Steven Smith Caught on Camera Abusing Murali Vijay

The four-match series that will be remembered as much for its off-field controversies as on-field exploits, had its fair share of drama on the third day of the fourth and final Test here.

When the cameras shifted focus to Australia's dressing room to catch the reactions, Smith was not particularly amused and expressed his anger by uttering "f**king cheat".

Incensed at M. Vijay claiming a catch off Josh Hazlewood at second slip, Steve Smith - the replays showed the ball being grassed - appeared to mouth a cuss word followed by "cheat".

A couple of Australia journalists tweeted to shed more light on the incident.

The Indians had taken off for the dressing room, with Vijay sprinting to be ready to open the second innings, when Llong's decision came and the camera panned on the Australian skipper giving vent to his frustration of facing the prospects of losing the series which they had begun well with a 333-run win in the first Test at Pune. Convinced that he has taken it cleanly, Indian players started walking back to the pavilion and being an opener, Vijay rushed back to put his pads on.

When questions were asked by the Australian media on the incident, team batting coach Graeme Hick presented a dead bat.

"Having fielding in slip or close to the bat myself sometimes you're not 100 per cent sure". The process is in place, play resumed. "He would have felt that go into his fingers and felt it was a clean catch", Hick said.

"We're alright, I'll get a selfie with him at the end of the game".

Things got a little heated earlier in the day between Ravindra Jadeja and Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade when the left-hander was batting and said something to the keeper in Hindi.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who trapped Maxwell lbw, attempted to play peacemaker by shepherding Wade away from the row. Wade was having an argument with Jadeja, who seemed equally involved before another player pulled him aside. The two umpires then called India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Jadeja for a chat to cool things down. "I will give it back to you".

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