Matthew Wade believes that it was not a fair decision from umpires to give his captain Tim Paine out on day three of the second Test match in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Wade drew parallels between the umpire’s decision on Paine’s dismissal with Aussie’s appeal made against Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on the first ball of day two.
After Tim Paine was given not out from on on-field umpire Paul Reiffel when the Indians appealed, Ajinkya Rahane was quick to take DRS. Although there was no hotspot on Paine’s bat, Real-Time Snickometer (RTS) showed a small spike. This made third umpire Paul Wilson inform Reiffel to overturn his decision.
Talking about Cheteshwar Pujara’s incident on day two, Australia made a huge appeal similarly to Indians but the on-field umpire didn’t raise his fingers. And then, the Aussie captain went for DRS which showed a small spike but Pujara was given the benefit of the doubt and remained not out.
Consistency is all you want as a player: Matthew Wade
In the press conference after the end of day three, Mathew Wade stated that he had heard a noise while the ball passed Pujara’s bat as he was at first slip. He was disappointed by the fact that Pujara was given the benefit of the doubt while Paine wasn’t. Matthew Wade said players just wanted the Decision Review System (DRS) to be consistent.
“From what I’ve seen it looked pretty similar to the first ball of yesterday, the one we actually referred, I think it was off Pujara. So from all reports and what I’ve seen, Snicko showed a very similar thing, one was given out and one was not out. That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, but that’s what it looked like from where we’ve been sitting and watching.”
“I heard a noise on the Pujara one, I was at first slip at the time, and his bat was the only thing out there, and then we saw what you guys saw on the ground, which was a small spike. Either way, if it was out or not out, consistency is all you want as a player,” Matthew Wade asserted.
Meanwhile, India is currently dominant with bowling out five leading scorers of Aussie on day two. The hosts are in deep trouble at the end of day three, finding themselves at 133 for 6 – a lead of just 2 runs. Team India, in the absence of Virat Kohli, has a big opportunity to win the match.