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Smith snaps back at questioning of SAfrica tactics, says India also defensive at end

South Africa's captain Graeme Smith, right, looks on as India's fielder Virat Kohli, center, successfully appeal for LBW during the second day of thei...
South Africa's captain Graeme Smith walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal for 44 runs, during their 2nd innings on the fourth day of their cr...
South Africa's captain Graeme Smith walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal for 44 runs, during their 2nd innings on the fourth day of their cr...
South Africa's batsman Vernon Philander avoids a bouncer during the fourth and final day of their cricket test match against India at Wanderers stadiu...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's captain Graeme Smith, right, looks on as India's fielder Virat Kohli, center, successfully appeal for LBW during the second day of thei...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's captain Graeme Smith walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal for 44 runs, during their 2nd innings on the fourth day of their cr...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's captain Graeme Smith walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal for 44 runs, during their 2nd innings on the fourth day of their cr...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's batsman Vernon Philander avoids a bouncer during the fourth and final day of their cricket test match against India at Wanderers stadiu...

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Captain Graeme Smith snapped at reporters questioning South Africa's tactics at the end of the drawn first test against India, a match the host was in prime position to win.

South Africa lifted itself to the brink of an epic win chasing 458 in the final innings on Sunday, then went defensive with 16 runs needed off 18 balls when tailenders Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn were at the crease.

To smatterings of boos from the home crowd, Philander turned down runs to save Steyn from the strike.

Smith told reporters he backed his players' decision, saying "if you want me to say that I disagree with what Dale and Vernon did, I am not going to say that. I think I have answered that question enough."

Smith claimed India "didn't play like a team ... wanting to win."