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Governing bodies meet to ease tension between India and Australia

India captain Virat Kohli felt Steve Smith had crossed the line by seeking off-field advice.

CRICKET 09/03/17 19:36
Governing bodies meet to ease tension between India and Australia

The Board of Control for Cricket in India and Cricket Australia have met in a bid to restore focus on playing matters after the fall-out from the second Test.

The International Cricket Council said on Wednesday it would take no action against captains Virat Kohli or Steve Smith following the decision review system referral incident in the match.

India captain Kohli was careful not to use the word ‘cheating’ after India sealed a series-levelling 75-run win in Bangalore on Tuesday, but left no doubt that he felt Smith had crossed the line by seeking off-field advice.

Cricket Australia issued a statement on Wednesday morning in which its chief executive James Sutherland labelled Kohli’s criticism “outrageous”.

And Sutherland met with Indian counterpart Rahul Johri on Thursday in order to smooth the waters, with India withdrawing their complaint against Australia as a result.

A statement said the two captains will meet ahead of the third Test in Ranchi and “commit to lead their teams by example and play the rest of the series in the right spirit”.

In the same statement, Sutherland said: “As we have seen this week in Bangalore, with so much at stake, tensions can bubble over.

“We are half way through what has already been a riveting series – and there is still much to look forward to.

“In discussing the relevant issues in depth, we have agreed that it is in the best interests of the game to put these differences aside and clear the way for the focus to be on the cricket, and the remaining matches of the series.”

Johri added: “While having responded officially to one such incident which happened in the last Test, together, we believe that the focus of the teams and the joy they provide to the fans should not be diluted and it is imperative to ensure that the rest of the series, which promises a great cricketing contest, not be compromised.”

The series is currently level at one Test each.