'F***ing consistency': Tim Paine erupts over latest DRS drama

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Australia's captain Tim Paine speaks with an umpire during  the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)
Australia's captain Tim Paine speaks with an umpire during the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Australian captain Tim Paine’s ongoing frustrations with DRS reached boiling point on day three of the third Test against India after yet another contentious decision.

Already frustrated after his controversial DRS dismissal during the Boxing Day Test, Paine was once again upset when Australia unsuccessfully reviewed an appeal against Cheteshwar Pujara.

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Nathan Lyon appealed after Pujara came forward to a good length ball, which ballooned off his pad to Matthew Wade at short leg.

On-field umpire Paul Wilson gave it not out however, with the Australians using a review to see if it had caught the inside edge before hitting the pad.

The third umpire didn’t find any evidence the ball had hit the bat - much to Paine’s chagrin - prompting the Australian captain to refer back to his prior dismissal in a testy exchange with umpire Wilson.

Wilson replied ‘I’m not the third umpire’ when Paine complained about the decision, with the Aussie captain still irritated.

“F***ing consistency Blocker! There’s a thing that goes past it,” Paine said, referring to what he believed to be a spike on Snicko during the Pujara review.

Paine’s controversial second innings wicket at the Boxing Day Test also came via a highly debated Snicko reading.

Fox Sports commentators Brendon Julian and Mark Waugh were split on whether Paine had a point, with Julian arguing the skipper needed to play on.

“At the end of the day, of course there is movement. There are noises out there all the time,” Julian said.

“He’s saying the spike was about that high, I reckon it would have been a bit bigger. I get it, the frustration out there for the players but you can’t be giving that out.”

Collapse 'not ideal", total decent: Smith

Steve Smith has defended his batting colleagues for folding in a collapse of 4-46 that scuppered Australia's hopes of posting a mammoth total in the third Test against India.

Smith's 131 helped his side fashion a first-innings total of 338 at the SCG.

The former skipper, who entered the fray at 2-106 then watched wickets tumble quickly after Marnus Labuschagne fell for 91, could be excused for wondering what might have been possible if he had a little more support.

Cameron Green, Tim Paine and Pat Cummins contributed a single run between them, while it was Matthew Wade's ugly dismissal for 13 that started Friday's slump.

"Not ideal," Smith told reporters.

"But guys aren't trying to get out are they? They're trying to do their job.

"It wasn't great but we keep moving forward.

"Obviously Jasprit (Bumrah) bowled pretty well with the new one, getting Greeny with a nice one, and Tim as well."

Smith, speaking after India finished 2-96 at stumps on Friday, still felt confident that his side had sufficient runs on the board as they pursued a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

"It's a decent total. It would have been nice to score a few more, you always want more," he said.

"It's a bit up and down, the wicket.

"We've seen a couple of balls have kicked up off a length, a couple have shot low.

"The boys bowled pretty well ... it could have easily been three or four (down)."

With AAP

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