Steve Smith blames Spidercam for Lokesh's dropped catch (watch pics)Australia captain Steven Smith was distracted by the spidercam hovering above the field that resulted in him dropping a catch of opener Lokesh Rahul who went on to score 110 on third day of the
Australia captain Steven Smith was distracted by the spidercam hovering above the field that resulted in him dropping a catch of opener Lokesh Rahul who went on to score 110 on third day of the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Lokesh Rahul, on 46, skied a Shane Watson delivery high in the air behind the stumps, just before the lunch interval.
Smith ran back from slip to take the catch but reacted angrily after putting down the chance, pointing toward the wires of the aerial camera.
Smith appeared to immediately mouth 'f****** wire' and was still gesticulating a few overs later when briefly discussing the incident with umpire Richard Kettleborough.
Rahul, who was on 46 at the time of the dropped catch, reached his maiden Test century shortly before tea and was finally dismissed for 110 after the interval.
A joint statement from Cricket Australia and host broadcaster, the Nine Network confirmed that Smith had been distracted by one of the wires.
'We (Cricket Australia & Nine) have spoken about the matter involving Spidercam and the dropped catch before lunch and it's clear the ball did not hit the camera or its supporting wires,' the joint statement read. 'Captain Steve Smith was distracted by one of the wires in his eye line.'
'Both CA and Nine will continue to work together on the use of Spidercam in the broadcast coverage and will take on board any player feedback as necessary.
The camera, which is suspended from wires attached to light towers and can maneuver over the playing area at varying heights, was subsequently moved away from play, near the boundary rope.