Australia captain Tim Paine could be set to cop a fine or even miss the fourth Test after stump microphones picked up the skipper swearing at umpire Paul Wilson following a failed review in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia were extremely confident Cheteshwar Pujara had edged a Nathan Lyon delivery to Matthew Wade at short leg early on day three, appealing wildly, but on-field umpire Wilson ruled not out.
Paine reviewed, but third umpire Bruce Oxenford couldn’t see any evidence on Snicko or Hot Spot to suggest Pujara had hit the ball with his bat, so Wilson was asked to stick by his initial call, prompting an expletive-laden Paine spray.
The wicketkeeper-batsman argued Oxenford hadn’t examined the off-side angle of Hot Spot closely enough, to which Wilson gave a firm retort.
“(Oxenford is) making the decision, not me. I’m not the third umpire,” Wilson said.
“F*cking consistency, Blocker,” Paine said.
“There’s a thing that goes past (the bat).”
Paine trudged back to his spot behind the stumps and continued to fume.
“There was definitely a thing on Hot Spot,” he said.
“What’s the f*cking difference? Or Snicko.”
Wilson was the third umpire who controversially gave Paine out caught behind in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Paine felt Wilson hadn’t taken into account all evidence at his disposal before telling on-field umpire Paul Reiffel to overrule the original not-out call.
Paine’s SCG outburst was one of many dramatic moments of today’s first session.
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