Australian skipper Tim Paine faced backlash on social media for fuming at the umpire after a DRS call did not go in the favour of the hosts on day three of the third Test at SCG on Saturday. Paine took a DRS against Cheteshwar Pujara after umpire Paul Wilson remained unmoved after the appeal.Also Read - India Tour of South Africa: All You Need to Know About the World Class Bio-Secure Arrangements Assured by Cricket South Africa
The DRS showed there was nothing on the Hot Spot and the ball was sailing over the stumps, hence the leg-before wicket was also ruled out and Pujara survived. This did not go down well with Paine, and he went up to the umpire and used the F-word for Pujara. Also Read - 2nd Test: India A Restrict South Africa A to 233/7 on Day 1
Paine – who has been chirpy throughout the series – said ‘”F***ing Consistency, Blocker?”. Also Read - IND vs NZ: Wasim Jaffer Names Potential Game-Changer for India in Mumbai Test
This was picked up on the stump mic and netizens are already reacting on it. While some laughed it off, some fans were rather critical about the usage of the language by the Australian skipper.
Former Australian cricketer-turned commentator Mark Waugh while on-air for Fox Cricket said: “Well Tim Paine is saying that’s what he got given out on, a very similar movement on Snicko,” Waugh said.
However, fellow commentator Brendan Julian was not convinced that the bat had come off Pujara’s bat. “He’s saying the spike was about that high, I reckon it would have been a bit bigger. I get it, the frustration out there for the players but you can’t be giving that out.”