To review or not to review?
Like it or not, DRS decision making has become one of the most critical parts of a cricket captain’s job.
And Australian skipper Tim Paine’s poor record continued against India today, as rival captain Virat Kohli had a life.
Kohli was 16 on day one at the Adelaide Oval when a delivery boy from Nathan Lyon appeared to brush his gloves off before being grabbed by Paine on the side of the leg.
After being ruled out by the referee on the pitch, Paine consulted Lyon and his close players on whether or not to review.
Matthew Wade was enthusiastic but Lyon were not and Paine chose to keep his three DRS cards in his pocket.
“Definitely ball on glove,” Brett Lee said on Fox Cricket, while Kerry O’Keeffe was also convinced.
“I just thought there was a sheepish aspect to Kohli’s initial look,” O’Keeffe said.
“He felt something I am thinking.
“They can transform a game.”
Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle was also “surprised” by the non-examination while Adam Gilchrist thought there was an element of doubt.
“There is definitely a white mark there, was it there before, or is it from the friction on the top of the blade?” Gilchrist said.
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“Matt Wade was interested, the man in the offside helmet was interested.
“What does Snicko say?”
“There was a little wobble there, wasn’t it?
Lyon was interviewed by Fox Cricket shortly thereafter and naturally looked disappointed.
“He hit him, didn’t he?” Lyon asked.
“I did not hear anything.
“It wasn’t my best ball so I’m going to have to make it up.”
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This is exactly what Australia’s largest off-spinner did, removing India’s modern “ wall ” Cheteshwar Pujara for a 43-by-160-bullet patient.
And this time around, Paine was in full swing, successfully using the DRS system to overturn referee Bruce Oxenford’s decision not to come out as Marnus Labuschagne held on.
After two sessions, Kohli had risen to 39 not released with India 3/107 after winning the toss and batting first.
Cricinfo analyzed the numbers in an interesting study in March, revealing which countries were the best and the worst reviewers.
The study has covered reviews since September 28, 2017 and Pakistan fared better with a 34.6% success rate.
Australia ranked seventh of nine test nations with a 26.6% pass rate.