Watch: Did Australian captain Steve Smith mouth ‘f****** cheat’ after India claim grounded catch in tense Test decider?


Footage captured Smith seemingly mouthing “f***ing cheat” overnight after a controversial incident that marred the tense third day of the high-stakes contest.

Vijay snaffled a low slips catch, completing what seemed to be the final wicket to fall in Australia’s second innings.

The opener sprinted off the field to pad up, but had to return when third umpire Chris Gaffaney ruled the ball scraped the turf.

At no point did Vijay express any sort of uncertainty to the on-field umpires, who deemed it a ‘soft out’ before asking Gaffaney to have a look.

Cameras showed Smith, on the balcony of Australia’s change room, expressing disbelief about the veteran’s conduct.

India’s injured skipper Virat Kohli, who all but accused Australia of systematically cheating by looking to support staff for illegal advice on reviews during the second Test, shook his head after Gaffaney made his decision.

“Everyone was convinced it was a clean catch .. he believed in his mind he’s caught it,” former Australia paceman Brett Lee said of Vijay.

Vijay was one of many members of the top-ranked Test side to swap barbs with Matthew Wade yesterday.

It isn’t the first time a catch has sparked a row between the sides.

Anil Kumble, now serving as India’s coach, was filthy after Michael Clarke claimed a low slips catch during a heated finish to the SCG Test in 2008.

“Only one team was playing with the spirit of the game, that’s all I can say,” Kumble said.

Ricky Ponting also raged after the match that started the ‘monkeygate’ saga.

“There’s no way I grounded that ball. If you’re actually questioning my integrity in the game, then you shouldn’t be standing there,” Ponting told an Indian journalist, who asked about a catch Australia’s skipper claimed.