Smith was seen scuffing up the area around the batting crease on day five of the third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, after which social media users started questioning the Australian batsman for his gamesmanship.
Vaughan, who had posted on Instagram about rules of the game regarding what clarifies as trying to change the nature of the pitch, got a reply from former Australia batsman Mark Waugh that he is reading too much into a nothing situation.
“You’ve lost your marbles Vaughney. I’d be more worried about deliberate time wasting in the modern game,” Waugh wrote.
Replying to Waugh, Vaughan said: “Are you struggling to read Junior … as I have clearly stated it was silly & not cheating but the laws are the laws … btw let’s see if he continues to do it in Brisbane if he does it all the time.”
On Tuesday, Vaughan had taken a subtle jibe at Smith, saying, along with the action in the fourth Test, viewers would now also be watching at the drinks break.
Smith had earlier said that he is shocked and disappointed to see the reaction that has come in after he was seen scuffing up the area around the batting crease.
“I have been quite shocked and disappointed by the reaction to this. It’s something I do in games to visualise where we are bowling, how the batter is playing our bowlers and then out of habit I always mark centre,” Smith told the Daily Telegraph, as reported by Fox Sports.
India and Australia will now lock horns in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane beginning on Friday. The third Test between both these sides had ended in a draw and the series is level at 1-1.