Smith’s history of cheating will always invite scrutiny but accusations still need enough substance to stand up

As India saw out the final moments of a remarkable Test draw with Australia in Sydney on Monday, former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag posted a video on Twitter. Clipped from stump camera footage, it showed an Australian fielder walking to the empty batting crease and scraping his foot across the pitch, before an Indian batsman entered to resume play.

“Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove [Rishabh] Pant’s batting guard marks from the crease,” Sehwag wrote. His 20 million followers blew it up, and the disdain was reflected by media outlets and cricket people especially across India and England.

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