Switch off the stump mics, mate!

Steve Smith’s men want the on-field banter confined to the field in the four-Test series starting in Durban today.

Steve Smith’s men will try to maintain their unbeaten run post the apartheid era in the country and they want to play the game like men, keeping the viewers away from the on-field banter.   -  AFP

 

Australia wants the stump microphones turned down in the Test series against South Africa beginning on Thursday. Fresh from a verbally high 4-0 Ashes victory, the Aussies are now keen to test the Proteas’ resistance.

Steve Smith’s men will try to maintain their unbeaten run post the apartheid era in the country and they want to play the game like men, keeping the viewers away from the on-field banter. “What happens on the field stays on the field. We’re all grown men. We compete hard. We know where the line is. We headbutt it probably, but we are not going to go over the line,” Nathan Lyon was quoted as saying in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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“It’s a mental game as well as a physical game. If something is going to be said, then no doubt it will be said from both camps. It is going to be one hell of a series and I’m pretty excited about it,” Lyon added.

In Australia, the microphone is only turned up to capture the sound of the ball in play. The fader stays mum between the deliveries. But in South Africa, the microphones are usually left on.

 

Last year, South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada was suspended for a Test match after the stump microphone caught his “f*** off’ to England all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Smith already indicated that his side would look to fire up Rabada further to initiate another booking.