Steve Smith blames rats after criticism over frayed Baggy Green | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Worn with pride, over the decades, the Baggy Green has been an iconic symbol and a priced possession for the Australians. But when Steve Smith came out to captain against West Indies wearing a frayed cap during the second Test in Adelaide, it caught the attention of spectators and television viewers alike, drawing sharp criticism.
Smith, who was leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Pat Cummins has been wearing the same cap for 88 Tests and amid the criticism of showing disrespect to the ‘national icon’, Smith cleared the air on the worn out cap, saying that it was handiwork of rats.
Smith was donning a completely chewed up cap around the visor and it had started a debate on social media whether it was a sign of disrespect for the cap.
“The baggy green is arguably the cricket world’s most iconic symbol” – Excuse me while I throw up. Aussies really have no idea how to conduct themselves. It’s just a cap like every other nation has. You’re not special,” wrote Andrew McLean, a fan.
Smith said that he noticed the wear and tear during the tour of Sri Lanka in July.
“I left it overnight in the change room in Galle like I do everywhere and turned up next day and rats had got to it I think,” Smith was quoted as saying by The Australian.
“I’m going to try and get it fixed this week, it’s falling apart,” he added.
Smith had scored an unbeaten 200 in the first innings of the opening Test against the West Indies at Perth, which the hosts won by 164 runs.
He then led the side in the second Test at Adelaide, thrashing the visitors by 419-runs.
(With inputs from PTI)

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