Australia having a mare with Ashes DRS calls, Tim Paine

Australia having a mare with Ashes DRS calls, Tim Paine

Australian Skipper Tim Paine admitted that he was having a mare after twice not calling for DRS Decision Reviewing System in the fifth Ashes Test, even though those Review Decision would have brought them wickets.

England, looking to level the series at 2-2, are firmly in control of the Final Test with two days to the end, 382 runs ahead with two remaining second innings.

Australia worked the field at the Oval on the third day of the game on Saturday and not helped by Paine’s misjudgments.

Joe Denly, who went 94, should have been out of weight with Mitchell Marsh when he was 54, but Australia chose not to review the decision not to go out.

Later, the captain, who is the team wicketkeeper, did not review an unauthorized decision against Jos Buttler after an appeal for lbw, with replays showing that Nathan Lyon’s delivery would have touched the stumps.

Buttler, then the 19th, went so for scoring 47.

“I’m wrong, ” said an irritable Paine. “I don’t know what else to say. We’re having a mare (nightmare). We made a mistake.”

“It’s fast,” he added. “It’s a difficult job, as I’ve said throughout the entire test series. I have a new respect for arbitration, particularly in test cricket because it’s a difficult job.”

When asked what he could do about it, Paine sarcastically said he would enroll in the arbitration school when he returned to Australia.

Paine said after his team’s defeat in the third Test at Headingley that he would put someone else in charge of the team’s reviews.

During the final stages of that match, Lyon had great appeal to Lbw against Ben Stokes, but England’s vice-captain unveiled, and Australia was unable to challenge that verdict as they had exhausted all their criticism.

His misery aggravated when the repetitions revealed that Stokes would have delivered.

Paine said it was sometimes difficult to judge from behind the slabs, saying he wasn’t sure where he hit Denly for the ball, for example.

The boss said his team, guaranteed to retain the urn from the ashes, still had a chance to win the series directly.
The only thing that has bothered this test a bit is our capture and our references, but that’s nothing new.

He described his top scorer, Steve Smith, as a monster after he took a dazzling slip to see Chris Woakes’ back.

“Cricket players like him, I think Stokes is the same, they’re just in the contest and the game all the time,” he said. “That’s what makes great cricketers great because they’re always in the contest, they’re always aware of what’s going on. It was a pretty special catch.”

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