Retired New Zealand cricketer Mark Richardson labels Australian cricket captain Steve Smith a ‘filthy hypocrite’

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith is at the centre of a scathing attack from former New Zealand opening batsman Mark Richardson who labelled him a "filthy hypocrite".

The AM Show host made the assessment of Smith after the Aussie’s comments over his contact with South African quick Kagiso Rabada in the second Test.

Rabada, who was intially banned for two Test matches for his bump on the Aussie batsmen, successfully appealed the decision meaning he could line-up for the Proteas in the third Test.

The Australian captain immediately responded to the decision telling reporters he thought the contact was unnecessary.

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"When you’ve got someone out you’ve already won the battle, there’s no need to go over the top," Smith said.

"On that occasion I was walking down the other end of the wicket so I certainly didn’t change my line or anything."

Richardson, a 38-Test veteran for New Zealand launched into Smith for his ‘hypocritical comments’ suggesting the Australian players are just as bad.

"How many of your players give send-offs?" Richardson said.

"That grab from Steve Smith just illustrates why the world cannot stand Australian cricketers at all.

"That made my blood boil, listening to that. He really did. He just doesn’t realise how much of a hypocrite him and his team are."

The radio presenter was evidently enraged on air when discussing Steve Smith and his Australian teammates ahead of the third Test.

Australia’s tour of South Africa hasn’t gone without controversy with Rabada twice being in the spotlight for send-offs in the second Test.

The first Test was marred by the David Warner-Quinton de Kock incident which resulted in both players receving fines for their actions.

Warner and teammate Nathan Lyon were also in the spotlight for their send-offs towards South African AB de Villiers.

The third Test, which began in Cape Town on Thursday, has already been struck by another moment of controversy.

This time, Pat Cummins allegedly ball-tampering.

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