India started Day 5 of the 3rd Test at the SCG with definite intentions of saving the Test. Rishabh Pant and Chestehwar Pujara's dedicated efforts help India to narrow the gap and has given a glimmer of hope of a win.
The hosts tried a few things to unsettle the Pant-Pujara duo, one of which seems to be scruffing out the batsman's mark.
A video of an Australian player with a jersey number 49 went viral on social media of him scruffing off the Indian batsman's mark.
The player in the video, jersey number 49, is none other than Steve Smith.
Rishabh Pant, who came on strike after the break, had to mark out his guard all over again.
This incident may come under the fielder's ambit, damaging the pitch in the ICC Playing Conditions for World Test Championship.
As per section 41.12.1, It is unfair to cause deliberate or avoidable damage to the pitch. A fielder will be deemed to be causing avoidable damage if either umpire considers that his presence on the pitch is without reasonable cause and 41.12.2, if a fielder causes avoidable damage to the pitch, other than as in clause 41.13.1, at the first instance the umpire seeing the contravention shall, when the ball is dead, inform the other umpire.
Ultimately, the final call rests with the umpire to decide whether the fielder's action comes under 'damaging the pitch'. The player can be given a warning or will lead to five penalty runs to the batting side.