AUS v IND 2020-21: ‘F****g consistency, Blocker”, Tim Paine loses cool after unsuccessful review

Paine's comments could see him facing a penalty under the ICC's code of conduct.

Stump mic. caught Tim Paine swearing towards umpire Paul Wilson | GettyAustralia skipper Tim Paine seems to have landed himself in hot water as stump microphones caught him swearing towards umpire Paul Wilson following an unsuccessful review on Day 3 of the ongoing Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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The incident occurred during an over being bowled by Nathan Lyon. Australia made a huge appeal as the hosts believed Cheteshwar Pujara was caught in close on the leg side by Matthew Wade.

On-field umpire Wilson didn’t rule the Indian batsman out and the hosts then opted to review the decision. Third umpire Bruce Oxenford was not able to find any conclusive evidence on Snicko and Hot Spot and thus the umpire's call stayed and Pujara carried on batting.

It was then that Paine lost his composure and was heard on stump mics, saying that the third umpire needed to closely examine the off-side Hot Spot rather than looking at just the leg-side version.

According to a report published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Wilson told an upset Paine: “[Oxenford is] making the decision, not me, I’m not the third umpire,” before the Australian captain was heard saying over the microphone: “F---ing consistency, Blocker. There's a thing that goes past [the bat].”

“There was definitely a thing on Hot Spot. What’s the f---ing difference? Or Snicko,” a fuming Tim Paine was further caught saying.

Paine's comments could see him facing a penalty under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.

Sections 2.3 and 2.8 of the ICC's code relates to the "use of an audible obscenity during an international match" and "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match".

(Inputs from Sydney Morning Herald)


By Salman Anjum - 09 Jan, 2021

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