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‘Conspiracy theories’: Taylor, Paine defend Smith over shadow-batting furore – Sydney Morning Herald

The controversy around Steve Smith marking guard during Rishabh Pant’s innings is an indication of the scrutiny he has been under since the ball-tampering scandal….

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Former Test captain Mark Taylor has slammed “conspiracy theories” questioning Steve Smith’s sportsmanship as the Australian team rallied around its superstar batsman in the wake of his shadow-batting furore.In an indication of the heightened scrutiny he is under after the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, Smith came under fire from around the globe after appearing to scuff up the guard mark of India batsman Rishabh Pant in Sydney.
Steve Smith has come under fire from former cricketers for appearing to…

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