Apolo­getic Smith mind­ful of 'kids watch­ing'

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - ROBERT CRADDOCK

STEVE Smith has apol­o­gised to his Aussie team­mates behind closed doors for the be­havioural lapse that saw him fined for dis­sent play­ing for NSW last week.

Smith was fined a quar­ter of his Sh­effield Shield match fee for show­ing dis­sent after be­ing given out on Tues­day on day two of the match against Western Aus­tralia.

Smith dwelt mo­men­tar­ily and shook his head after he was deemed to have edged a Mar­cus Stoi­nis de­liv­ery to keeper Josh Inglis and con­tin­ued to show his dis­plea­sure on his way to the dress­ing room.

Smith, pre­par­ing for his first Test in Aus­tralia since be­ing banned for year after the ball tam­per­ing scan­dal in South Africa, said he felt obliged to apol­o­gise for this be­hav­iour as the team as­sem­bled in Bris­bane for Thurs­day’s first Test against Pak­istan.

“Some­times your emo­tions can get the bet­ter of you out on the field,’’ Smith said.

“We’re play­ing a game [where] ev­ery­one is try­ing to do their best and some­times that hap­pens.

“I came in and apol­o­gised to the group yes­ter­day for get­ting a code of con­duct.

“I don’t think there was a great deal in it but I’ve copped it and I have to look at when I get out and the way I sort of con­duct my­self.

“I know lots of kids watch me play and watch all of us play and the way we con­duct our­selves when we get out as well as when we’re bat­ting.

“So we have to be very mind­ful of that and some­times just bite the bul­let and just con­duct our­selves in, I guess, a bet­ter man­ner at times. We’re Aus­tralian play­ers re­gard­less of where we’re play­ing and what we’re do­ing.

“We sign up to val­ues and in our con­tracts we’ve got a code of con­duct there we have to play by. I got pinged and so be it. I felt I should apol­o­gise.”

Smith agreed it was best to keep any lin­ger­ing re­sent­ment well away from public view.

“I think so. When you get behind closed doors, go for your life, do what you need to do to let your frus­tra­tions out. Within rea­son, you prob­a­bly don’t want to punch any­thing. Mitch Marsh can prob­a­bly at­test to that.’’

Aus­tralia was proud of a blem­ish-free record for be­hav­iour last sea­son de­spite the stress of a se­ries loss to In­dia but Smith and James Pat­tin­son, who will miss the first Test against Pak­istan after be­ing dis­ci­plined for a ho­mo­pho­bic sledge play­ing for Victoria, put the is­sue back in the spot­light.

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