Unhappy with the resignation of skipper Tim Paine in the second innings of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against India on Monday, Australian makeshift opener Matthew Wade has called for consistent implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS). Wade made the statement after Paine was issued, caught on Ravindra Jadeja on the third day. The wicket-keeper-batsman was ruled out after the call on the field was overturned by Paul Reiffel by third umpire Paul Wilson. Paine didn’t hide his disappointment with the decision when he left the field, prompting Wade to compare it to Cheteshwar Pujara’s Australian review on the second day on Sunday.
“From what I’ve seen, it looked quite like yesterday’s first ball, the one we actually referred, I think it was at Pujara.
“So from all the reports and what I’ve seen, Snicko showed something similar: one was handed out and the other wasn’t. That’s how the cookie sometimes crumbles, but that’s what it looked like from where we sat and watched,” Wade said on the virtual press conference after the day.
“I heard a noise on the Pujara, then I slipped first, and his bat was all there was, and then we saw what you saw on the ground, which was a little peak. Anyway, if it was out or not, consistency is all you want as a player. ”
Paine was awarded purely on the basis of a Snicko spike, as there was no mark on Hot Spot, which is the correct protocol. But Wade objected to Pujara’s case because there was no mark on Hot Spot then either, and a very small spike on Snicko, though the Indian was given an advantage of doubt, suggesting that the toe of his bat had cut his pillow.
Wade, meanwhile, blamed yet another bad show from the home team hitters as Australia struggles to save the second Test.
Leading 1-0 in the series, the home team dropped to 133 for 6 in its second innings to take the lead by two runs on day three with allrounder Cameron Green (17 not out) and Pat Cummins (15 not out) on the fold.
“We have only a little bit to blame ourselves for that, but they’ve (India) been doing pretty well from the start,” said Wade, who topped Australia with a challenging 137-ball.
Wade and Marnus Labuschagne (28 of 49 balls) were the only two Aussie hitters so far to cross the 20-run mark when the Indian bowlers cheered before Green and Cummins put in an unbeaten score of 34 runs for the seventh wicket.
“To be fair, we haven’t gone deep enough to make any real money late in the day off weary bowlers.
“Our intention is to start scoring as a batting group and individually, but they make it quite challenging at times,” said Wade.
“Hard to get going, they bowl pretty well, pretty straight, making it hard for us to score.”
Wade fulfills the duties of an opener in the absence of an injured David Warner, who is out with a groin problem.
“We know how good Davey’s (David Warner) has been for a very, very long time, so it hurts to have a man who’s nearly 50 on average in Test cricket,” he said.
“We have done our best and will continue to do the same things when asked.”
Wade feels they still have a chance to get to the Indians if they extend their lead past the 100-run limit.
“We’ll take everything to be fair. Anything over 100 will be fine. It would be real if these two entered into a nice partnership together, something we haven’t done enough of in this test match,” he said.
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