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No further action against Smith or Kohli following DRS row

The end of the second Test between India and Australia was marred by a row over the DRS, but Steve Smith and Virat Kohli will go unpunished.

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India and Australia captains Virat Kohli and Steve Smith

The ICC has announced that no action will be taken against Virat Kohli and Steve Smith following the spat over Australia's use of the Decision Review System (DRS) that marred the fourth day of the second Test on Tuesday.

Australia captain Smith was given out lbw on the field and, after consulting with batting partner Peter Handscomb, looked up to the dressing room in an apparent attempt to ascertain whether a review would be worthwhile.

Umpire Nigel Llong intervened and Kohli was furious in his reaction, as Smith was sent on his way from the crease.

After India wrapped up a 75-run win to level the four-match series 1-1, the India skipper suggested that what Smith had done amounted to cheating, and insisted it was not the first time Australia had over-stepped the mark in seeking help with the DRS.

Smith played down the row, with both players earning the support of their respective boards - Australia describing Kohli's accusations as "outrageous".

Subsequently, the ICC released a brief statement on Wednesday looking to draw a line under the whole saga.

"The ICC has confirmed that no charges have been laid against any player under the ICC Code of Conduct following the second Test match between India and Australia in Bengaluru," the statement read.

"Specifically in relation to Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, the ICC has considered both incidents in the context of this match and concluded it will be taking no further action against either player."

"We have just witnessed a magnificent game of Test cricket where players from both teams gave their all and emotions were running high during and after the match," added ICC chief executive David Richardson.

"We would encourage both teams to focus their energies on the third Test in Ranchi next week. Ahead of that, the match referee will bring both captains together to remind them of their responsibilities to the game."

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