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Kohli’s allegations against Steve Smith outrageous: Cricket Australia Chief

Cricket Australia's Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland came out in defense of captain Steve Smith and his team and called the allegations made by the India skipper Virat Kohli as "outrageous". James Sutherland was present at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium during the second Test match between India and Australia, which India won by 75 runs.

Smith was given LBW in the 21st over of Australian 2nd innings when the team was down at 74/4. After having a brief conversation with the non-striker Peter Handscomb, both the batsmen turned towards their dressing room where Smith made hand gesture indicating what to do.

In his post-match media conference yesterday, Kohli accused the Australians of repeatedly looking to the team dressing room for guidance on whether or not to pursue DRS procedures when out in the middle, a practice that is forbidden under Test cricket playing conditions.

James Sutherland came forward in defense of his captain, Steve Smith and said, "I find the allegations questioning the integrity of Steve Smith, the Australian team and the dressing room, outrageous."

"Steve is an outstanding cricketer and person, and role model to many aspiring cricketers and we have every faith that there was no ill-intent in his actions.

"We reject any commentary that suggests our integrity was brought into disrepute or that systemic unfair tactics are used, and stand by Steve and the Australian cricketers who are proudly representing our country."

Virat Kohli mentioned that he believed it was unfair and had raised the matter with the on-field umpires as well as ICC match referee, Chris Broad. The ICC is yet to confirm any details on the incident.

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