I felt I should apologise: Steve Smith expresses regret over dissent
Steven Smith issued an apology to his Test teammates in Brisbane after copping a dissent charge during New South Wales' Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia, earlier this week.
Smith’s dissent towards an umpire after losing his wicket batting for NSW at the SCG had earned him a fine of 25 per cent of his match fee. But the former captain in the company of current skipper Tim Paine expressed regret over his behaviour.
"I came in and apologised to the group yesterday for getting a code of conduct," Smith was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald said in Brisbane.
"I don't think there was a great deal in it but I've copped it and I have to look at when I get out and the way I sort of conduct myself. I know lots of kids watch me play and watch all of us play and the way we conduct ourselves when we get out as well as when we're batting."
"So we have to be very mindful of that and sometimes just bite the bullet and just conduct ourselves in, I guess, a better manner at times. Sometimes your emotions can get the better of you out on the field. We're playing a game [where] everyone is trying to do their best and sometimes that happens."
When you get behind closed doors, go for your life, do what you need to do to let your frustrations out," he added.
"Within reason - you probably don't want to punch anything. Mitch Marsh can probably attest to that. We're Australian players regardless of where we're playing and what we're doing. We sign up to values and in our contracts we've got a code of conduct there we have to play by. I got pinged and so be it. I felt I should apologise for that," Smith said.
Meanwhile, Tim Paine stressed on the need for consistency in the behaviour of the players across all formats and levels.
"I think it's more just a reminder that we've got to set those standards all the time.Whether we're playing for Australia or we're playing club cricket or we're playing for our states or we're not playing cricket, there are standards we set ourselves to live by day in and day out so it's important we do that whether we're on the field off the field, regardless of who we're playing for."
"We've had a couple of instances this week but we always revisit them. We did again last night, just to brush up on what's expected and what we expect of the group. Both of those guys apologised, they know that they fell a little bit short of what we set ourselves in the Test team. And the fact that it's important that we maintain that when we go back to state cricket and lead the way there. They're disappointed with that but we are going to keep on top of it and maintain the level that we've set so far in the last couple of years," he concluded.