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Steve Smith has denied he is “white anting” the Australian Test captain Tim Paine, as accused by cricket legend Ian Chappell.
Chappell made the accusation during the second Test against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval, when Smith was seen allegedly making field changes on his own accord.
Smith was captain of the team before being banned for a year for his role in the infamous Cape Town ball tampering scandal last year.
Paine has been captain since then, even now Smith is back in the side.
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“I tell you what I don’t like to see, Steve Smith is moving a few fieldsmen around,” Chappell said on Macquarie Sports Radio during play.
“He did have a chat with Tim Paine, trying to talk Tim Paine into moving a fielder on the off-side, but I’m not sure Tim Paine moved him as far as Steve Smith wanted.
“Steve Smith started moving him, I hate to see that.
“England used to do it a bit, blokes other than the captain and I always felt it was white anting the captain.”
But Smith denied he was acting outside his jurisdiction.
“I only try to help Tim as much as I can,” Smith told Channel 9 on Tuesday.
“He’s doing a terrific job. I give him suggestions and things like that.
“I only want the team to do well, I’m certainly not undermining him.”