Aakash Chopra Mocks Tim Paine, Asks Him To Join MS Dhoni As Student
Australia's lapses on the field could prove to be costly for their aim to complete the Ashes mission with a series win as England finished Day three with a lead of 382 runs. Australia's skipper Tim Paine admitted he was having "a mare" after twice failing to review umpiring decisions in the fifth Ashes Test even though the challenges would have brought wickets. To add to their misery, the Australians had also dropped a few catches on a few occasions, apart from other fielding lapses. Tim Paine was subjected to a lot of criticism for not using the Decision Review System (DRS) adequately. A former Indian cricketer had the best suggestion for Tim Paine to sharpen his DRS skills.
Aakash Chopra asks Tim Paine to join Dhoni
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra came up with a good suggestion for Tim Paine to hone his DRS skills. The commentator asked Tim Paine to call MS Dhoni and enquire if he could enroll himself as a student as MS Dhnoi is popularly known for Dhoni Review System. The former Indian skipper is known for his accurate calls for reviews and for overturning the decision of the on-field umpires with a call for a review within just 15 seconds of the original decision. Even Indian skipper Virat Kohli goes to MS Dhoni to make the DRS call on field when MS Dhoni keeps for India. Read Aakash Chopra's tweet here:
Tim Paine's DRS blunders
Australia toiled in the field at the Oval on the third day of the match on Saturday and were not helped by Paine's misjudgments. Joe Denly, who went on to score 94, should have been out lbw to Mitchell Marsh when he was on 54 but Australia opted not to review the not-out decision. Later on, the skipper, who is the team's wicketkeeper, failed to review a not-out decision against Jos Buttler after an appeal for lbw, with replays showing Nathan Lyon's delivery would have hit the stumps. Buttler, then on 19, went on to score 47.
Tim Paine admits about getting it wrong
"I'm getting it wrong," said a tetchy Paine. "I don't know what else to say. We're having a mare (nightmare). We've got it wrong."
"It's fast," he added. "It's a tough job as I've said throughout the whole Test series. I've got a new respect for umpiring, particularly in Test cricket because it's a hard job." When asked what he could do about it, he said sarcastically that he would enroll in "umpiring school" when he returned home to Australia. Paine said after his side's defeat in the third Test at Headingley that he would be putting someone else in charge of the team's reviews. During the closing stages of that match, Lyon had a huge appeal for lbw against Ben Stokes but the England vice-captain was given not out and Australia could not challenge that verdict as they had used up all their reviews. Their misery was compounded when replays revealed that Stokes would have been given out. Paine said it was sometimes difficult to judge from behind the stumps, saying he was not sure where the ball hit Denly, for example. The skipper said his team, guaranteed to retain the Ashes urn, still had a chance to win the series outright."The only thing that's been a bit upsetting this Test match is our catching and our referrals but that's not anything new," he added. He described his top-scorer Steve Smith as a "freak" after he took a stunning diving slip catch late on to see the back of Chris Woakes."Cricketers like him, I think Stokes is the same, they're just in the contest and in the game all the time," he said."That's what makes great cricketers great because they're always in the contest, they're always aware of what's happening. It was a pretty special catch."