Smith OK with mix of jus­tice

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - ROBERT CRAD­DOCK

STEVE Smith had no com­plaints about world cricket’s fickle jus­tice sys­tem af­ter learn­ing a for­mer team­mate re­ceived a four-match sus­pen­sion for ball tam­per­ing.

West Indies bats­man Nicholas Pooran was found guilty of us­ing his fin­ger­nail to change the con­di­tion of the ball af­ter the third 50-over game against Afghanista­n in Luc­know, In­dia, last week.

He has been banned for four Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als, a far cry from the year-long sen­tence Smith re­ceived fol­low­ing the ball-tam­per­ing af­fair that hap­pened on his watch in Cape Town. That in­volved the more se­ri­ous of­fence of us­ing sand­pa­per.

“Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent, ev­ery board is dif­fer­ent, and the way they deal with cer­tain is­sues,’’ Smith said.

“For me, I copped it on the chin. It is what it is. I know Nicholas, I’ve played a bit of cricket with him, and he’s a tal­ented player and some­one with a bright fu­ture.

“I think he’ll learn from his mis­take and move past it. I don’t feel hard done by. It was a long time ago now. I’ve moved past it and I’m fo­cus­ing on the present. I played with him in the Caribbean league at Bar­ba­dos. I think he’s go­ing to be an ex­cep­tional player in one-day cricket.’’ Smith will play his first Test in Aus­tralia since the ball-tam­per­ing af­fair feel­ing more in con­trol of his in­stincts.

“I’m able to, I think, catch my mind, where that’s go­ing, and the de­ci­sions I’m mak­ing are a lot more clear with what I’m try­ing to do,” he said.

“Ev­ery de­ci­sion you make has got an out­come, good, bad and ugly, what­ever. I’m able to think of how it’s go­ing to look be­fore I make that de­ci­sion a lot of the time.

“Of course, I’ll still make mis­takes, I’m a hu­man be­ing, we all do. But be­ing able to catch your­self and the way you’re think­ing is some­thing I’ve learnt and some­thing I’ll con­tinue to work on and con­tinue and get better at.’’

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