Australian skipper Tim Paine was thoroughly disappointed with the third-umpiring standards in the Boxing-Day Test against India. India ultimately won the Test match and Paine felt had he batted longer, Australia would have been on a better position to challenge India in the Test match. Paine was ruled out on an appeal from Risbha Pant off a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja. The replays showed that there was nothing on hotspot and he was ruled out based on a movement on the snickometer.
After the end of the game, an animated Tim Paine spoke to the match officials about the same but he said nothing positive resulted from it.
“I’ve spoken to them. It wasn’t very productive. But I’ve spoken to them and raised my only concern,” Paine said.
Extremely Frustrating: Tim Paine on Third Umpiring
He further said he was wrongly ruled out in the second innings and had he batted longer the result of the game might have been something different.
“Extremely frustrating, no doubt about that. Crucial part of the game. Felt like I’ve been playing pretty well at the start of this series and I thought if I could get in a partnership with [Cameron] Greeny and add another 50 to 100 to 120 runs together then the whole game changes. So to have a finish like that was extremely disappointing, but it is what it is” Paine further said.
Tim Paine scored a fiesty 73 in the first Test and was ruled as the Man of the Match. This time around he was a victim of an error of judgement from the match officials. He credited the Indian team for the way they played in the Test match as well.
“That’s to take nothing away from India; they put us under pressure and forced us into making a number of mistakes, especially with the bat, and in the field, and when you do that against good side it makes it very hard to win” said the Australian skipper.