‘Dismayed’ Smith storms off SCG
STEVE Smith was left "dismayed" after his controversial dismissal in NSW's Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia at the SCG.
Smith helped push NSW to the formidable score of 4/314 on day two and celebrated his 42nd first-class century.
But the smile was wiped from his face when he was given out caught behind from a controversial umpire decision.
Smith shook his head and briefly stood his ground after being given out on 103.
He seemed both angry and upset about the umpire's judgment that he had got bat on a loose ball from all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in the 114th over.
Stoinis' shortish ball cramped Smith as he tried to flick a cut shot over the top of the slips area, but the ball sailed through to the gloves of keeper Josh Inglis.
After only a half-hearted appeal Smith was given his marching orders after the slowest first-class century of his career.
He was forced to go after facing 295 balls for his 103 runs.
He let the small crowd at the SCG now exactly how frustrated he was with the dismissal, repeatedly turning around to look at the umpire as he stormed off the SCG.
He was still shaking his head as he reached the boundary and lifted his bat to the SCG Members area.
"Steve Smith isn't very happy," Cricket Australia Network commentators said.
"He is shaking his head. He looks dismayed."
"Smith's not happy. He's never happy when he gets out."
Replays showed he was right to be incredulous about the decision where the ball appeared to travel through to the keeper without hitting willow.
Steve Smith is out caught behind for 103. He's mystified with the decision, doesn't believe he hit it - and have to agree with him looking at replay.— Ben Horne (@BenHorne8) November 12, 2019
Well that's one way to get Steve Smith out... 👀 pic.twitter.com/38Z81Pm5xj— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 12, 2019
Smith seemed more focused on occupying the crease for long periods on Monday, but picked up the scoring rate to a degree on day two to reach his second century of the Sheffield Shield summer spread over five and half hours at the crease.
After resuming at 2-221, the Shield leaders went to lunch at 4-331.
Moises Henriques did the bulk of the scoring on the second morning advancing comfortably from his overnight 4, before failing for 91 off 116 balls after flicking a catch to mid-wicket off the bowling of Liam O'Connor.
Henriques and Smith put on 141 for the third wicket.
Without fast bowling spearhead Jhye Richardson on Australia A duty, it has been four gruelling sessions in hot conditions for the WA attack. Leg-spinner O'Connor has been the pick of the bowlers with 2-52, while medium- pacer Stoinis has returned 2-45.
The dismissal of Mitch Larkin for 14 after lunch had the Blues at 5/337 mid-way through the second session. It could easily have been worse for the home side, but Peter Nevill was given a life when a stumping appeal was turned down by the umpires. Replays showed he was actually out, but replay technology is not available to Sheffield Shield umpires.