Ashes 2013: Australian batsman Steve Smith defends England players behaviour in wake of Shane Warne arrogance remark

Smith claims series has been 'hard but fair' and also denies that any player has been cheating following cheating allegation accusation

Australia batsman Steve Smith insists England have played “hard but fair” on their way to retaining the Ashes.

Smith today spoke up for the behaviour of both teams after former Australia great Shane Warne suggested England have been guilty of arrogance and smugness this summer.

Warne specifically cited the hosts' responses in press conferences and broadcast interviews, including remarks by Graeme Swann and Matt Prior.

"Let me tell you this, if you lose respect for the game and the opposition, cricket has a funny way of biting you on the backside," he wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.

Smith made it clear, however, that England have been guilty of no such behaviour on the pitch.

"It's been a hard-contested series, the biggest stage for Australian or English players," he said.

"It is always played hard but fair at the same time.

"(There is a) bit of banter. But that stays on field and we're always working hard to try to win."

Smith has also joined the chorus of denials that anyone involved in this summer's Ashes might have used silicone tape on their bats to try to 'cheat' Hot Spot thermal imaging technology.

Hot Spot is one of the principal methods by which the decision review system can detect impact of bat-on-ball, either to prove caught-behind verdicts or disprove lbws.

Reports this morning that the use of silicone tape may be defeating the technology were indignantly dismissed by Kevin Pietersen and others.

Smith said: "Obviously I don't think any of us have done anything with silicone on our bats.

"We know that we put fibreglass tape on the front and that's purely for protection of the bat - to try and make them last longer.

"It's in the spirit of the game not to do that sort of thing. We haven't even discussed anything about that, trying to cheat the system at all."

Smith insists the idea of the silicone ruse had simply never occurred to him, until this morning's reports surfaced.

"I've never thought about it. I've never seen silicone tape at all, not even heard of it before," he said.

"I don't even know what it looks like."

Along with most batsmen at some point in the three Ashes Tests so far, Smith was subject to a DRS procedure when he was confirmed not out caught-behind during his first-innings 89 at Emirates Old Trafford last week.

"It was their referral. I would have referred (if I'd been given out)," he said. "I felt I didn't hit it.

"It's a good system to try to get things as accurate as possible.

"It's something I think will be good, if it keeps improving and getting rid of bad decisions."

PA

Arts and Entertainment
Joe Cocker performing on the Stravinski hall stage during the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland in 2002
musicHe 'turned my song into an anthem', says former Beatle
News
Clarke Carlisle
sport
Sport
footballStoke City vs Chelsea match report
Arts and Entertainment
theatreThe US stars who've taken to UK panto, from Hasselhoff to Hall
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Approaching sale shopping in a smart way means that you’ll get the most out of your money
life + styleSales shopping tips and tricks from the experts
News
newsIt was due to be auctioned off for charity
News
Coca-Cola has become one of the largest companies in the world to push staff towards switching off their voicemails, in a move intended to streamline operations and boost productivity
peopleCoca-Cola staff urged to switch it off to boost productivity
Environment
Sir David Attenborough
environment... as well as a plant and a spider
Voices
'That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!'
voicesThe fight for marriage equality isn't over yet, says Siobhan Fenton
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there