Australia captain Tim Paine admitted that he was having mares after failing to review umpiring decisions twice in the ongoing fifth Ashes Test. Some strategic challenges would have brought the Australians some wickets, handing them the advantage.
Joe Denly, who scored 94, should have been out to Mitchell Marsh who trapped him before the stumps when he was on 54 but Australia chose not to review the umpire’s call. Later, Australia captain and wicketkeeper, Tim Paine failed to review another not-out decision against Jos Buttler. Bowler Nathan Lyon appealed for leg before but was denied, even though replays showed the delivery was hitting the stumps.
“I’m getting it wrong,” said the captain Tim Paine. “I don’t know what else to say. We’re having a mare (nightmare). We’ve got it wrong. It’s fast,” he added. “It’s a tough job as I’ve said throughout the whole Test series. I’ve got a new respect for umpiring, particularly in Test cricket because it’s a hard job.”
He has been under the scanner from the third Test at Headingley for his wrong DRS calls. So, to remedy that, he said that he would be putting someone else to take the reviews. During the third Test, Lyon had a huge appeal for lbw against Ben Stokes but the umpire gave not out.
Australia could not challenge that review as they had used up all their reviews before. Later the replay revealed that Stokes would have been given out. Ben Stokes scored an unbeaten 135 and won the game for his side. However, Paine said that it was difficult to judge from behind the stumps as he was not sure where the ball hit Denly.
“The only thing that’s been a bit upsetting this Test match is our catching and our referrals but that’s not anything new,” he concluded.