Australia’s makeshift opener Matthew Wade has called for consistent implementation of the Decision Review System.
Wade made the statement after captain Tim Paine was given out, caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja on the third day of Boxing Day Test against India in Melbourne on Monday.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was ruled out after the on-field call by Paul Reiffel was overturned by third umpire Paul Wilson.
Paine didn’t hide his disappointment over the decision while leaving the field, prompting Wade to compare it with Australia’s review of Cheteshwar Pujara on the second day’s play on Sunday.
“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,” Wade said at the virtual post-day press conference.
“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.”
Paine was given out purely based on a Snicko spike as there was no mark on Hot Spot, which is the correct protocol.