Australia’s second ODI against South Africa got off to an atrocious start when Travis Head opted for one of the worst DRS reviews in recent memory.
Long before the hosts were all out for 231, Head’s dismissal set the tone for another bad day with the bat.
The Aussie opener was trapped on the crease by Lungi Ngidi in just the fourth over, the ball cannoning into his pad adjacent to the stumps.
Head looked pretty plumb, but opted to use a DRS review anyway, after a discussion with fellow opener Aaron Finch.
Ball-tracking showed it pitching in line, hitting in line and crashing into the top of middle stump, with no bat involved – the dreaded three red lights.
Fans and commentators couldn’t believe the Aussies would waste a precious review on such a plumb lbw.
“Only two people would have called for that review,” Kerry O’Keeffe said in commentary.
“Aaron Finch and Travis Head’s mum.”
An optimistic review from Travis Head…Australia 1-12
— FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FoxCricket) November 9, 2018
Social media immediately lit up, with comparisons to Shane Watson’s infamous use of the DRS the common theme.
— Paul Zauch (@PaulZauch) November 9, 2018
— Peter Brown (@SydneyEditor) November 9, 2018
Hard to recall a worse review in cricket. That was all sorts of plum #AUSvsSA
— Chris Kennedy (@CKennedy80) November 9, 2018
Straight out of the Shane Watson DRS review manual that one….. #AUSvsSA
— Nick (@NKokoris) November 9, 2018
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) November 9, 2018
— josh clutterbuck (@ClutterbuckJosh) November 9, 2018
— Andrew Bryan (@AndrewBryan321) November 9, 2018
Shaun Marsh returns but Aussies fail to light up Adelaide
Alex Carey top-scored as Australia’s batting woes continued when bowled out for 231 by South Africa in Friday’s one-dayer in Adelaide.
The Australians were all out in 48.3 overs – the seventh time in their past eight one-day internationals they have failed to bat their allotted overs.
Carey made 47 from 72 balls, Chris Lynn struck 44 from 44 deliveries and captain Aaron Finch 41 from 63 balls.
But, along with Shaun Marsh (22 from 26 balls), the top-order batsmen failed to fully cash in.
Proteas paceman Dwaine Pretorius took 3-32 from 10 overs while Kagiso Rabada (3-53) and Dale Steyn (2-31) also claimed multiple wickets.
South Africa, seeking a win to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, put the brakes on just as Australia appeared set to accelerate.
Lynn’s knock featured three fours and two sixes but he fell when hitting top gear.
The Queenslander had smacked 18 runs from four consecutive Rabada balls – a six followed by three fours – but was out next ball.
His dismissal continued a trend as Australia’s batsmen formed a series of handy stands without converting any into imposing totals.