Tim Paine’s use of the DRS system came into focus once again in the ongoing Australia-India Test series, with the hosts losing their first review of the Brisbane Test early on the third day.
The incident took place in the 49th over of the India innings, just two overs after Mayank Agarwal had replaced Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. It was Mayank’s first stint in the middle order, returning to the XI after being dropped for Rohit Sharma in the third Test.
Having rewarded for a morning of perseverance through Pujara’s dismissal, Australia looked to capitalise on their position by closing in on the new batsman. They sniffed an opportunity on the fifth ball of the 49th over, off a down-the-leg delivery from Pat Cummins.
Agarwal tried to shift across and flick it to square leg. The ball made a noise as it crossed the batsman, thus enthusing the Australia players, especially their skipper.
As soon as the appeal was made, Shane Warne, who was on air at that point, immediately said that he felt the ball would have hit the thigh pad. The former Australia cricketer pointed out that the thudding noise was specific to the thigh pad more than the glove. Additionally, there seemed to be a gap between the bat and ball, and Cummins appeared a tad uncertain as well. However, the Australia skipper decided to go for the review.
The big screen confirmed Warne’s assessment though, as there was daylight between the bat and ball, and the noise had come off the thigh pad.
Off the thigh pad, Australia lose a review.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2021
Here’s how the internet reacted to the review:
— Anupam Bhaumik (@AnupamBhaumik_) January 17, 2021
Paine ful Review is taken . Mark Wahlberg could have done better .
— The Falling Sweep ✒️ (@thefallingsweep) January 17, 2021
Tim Paine and DRS are magnetic poles which don’t attract each other. #AUSvIND
— Niharika Raina (@niharika_raina) January 17, 2021
That’s horrendous judgment from Paine. He was nodding his head confidently when he reviewed that. It was a mile from the bat. Ban him and Marnus from DRS #AUSvIND
— Social Kristancing (@DesignedToFade) January 17, 2021
The worst review I can ever recall seeing taken. What were they thinking.
— Hassa (@Haich44) January 17, 2021
Can Tim Paine review his ability to call for reviews, please?
— NotAppleHelp (@Budulnya) January 17, 2021
Tim Paine wasting a review. #AUSvsIND
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) January 17, 2021
Tim Paine should not be allowed to make review decisions.
We should have a specialist DRS decision maker who ignores whatever Paine thinks.#AUSvIND
— 3k (@3kcricket) January 17, 2021
How is Tim Paine so consistently bad with reviews? I could see that hit pad watching it on tv and he didn't even hesitate. #AUSvIND
— NateBeee (@En_Beee) January 17, 2021
— The Hanuma Vihari Show (@1tip1hand) January 17, 2021