England and Australia are locking horns with each other in the final game of the three-match ODI series at the Melbourne cricket ground. Wicketkeepers play a key role whenever a team opts for a DRS as they have the best seat on the ground to judge the incident. England’s skipper, Jos Buttler displayed his immense confidence when he opted for DRS even before the umpire raised his finger for Steve Smith’s wicket.
Australia came out all guns blazing as they amassed a huge score of 355/5. After the openers provided a brilliant start stitching a 269-run stand for the opening wicket, Steve Smith had the brilliant opportunity to capitalize on the situation and play an impactful knock. However, the ace batter experienced a rare failure as he had to walk back to the pavilion courtesy of a bizarre dismissal.
Facing Olly Stone in the 46th over, Smith shuffled across the stumps on the third ball in order to play a ramp shot. However, Stone adjusted his length and delivered the balls on the shorter side. Smith’s attempt to correct his shot was too late as the ball brushed his gloves on the way to the wicketkeeper.
Jos Buttler appealed for a moment immediately after collecting the ball but the umpire was hesitant to raise his finger considering the lack of a collective appeal. However, the keeper was extremely confident about nick and so he put his faith in the technology to back his belief.
Even before the umpire announced his decision, Jos Buttler decided to go for a DRS, making his immense confidence about the dismissal known. The England skipper was proven right when the umpire raised his finger eventually and the batter had to take a walk back to the pavilion.
Here is the video of the DRS call from Jos Buttler:
What you waiting, what you waiting for?
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 22, 2022
Here is the how the netizens reacted:
And u r the most unlucky @stevesmith49. Still people will call he always wastes his review. Today he didn't even care, instead didn't take review though he was clearly not out😭💔@pune109 https://t.co/4ggGkyRZmH
— Rajasree Smudgephilic (@galle145notout) November 22, 2022
Steve Smith had another brain fade moment today. After middling the scoop in hands of the wicketkeeper he was insisting that DRS be taken by fielding team. 🙄 once a cheater always a cheater. #AUSvENG #ODI
— Sadaf Sayeed 🇮🇳 (@Sadafsayeed) November 22, 2022
Shameless Steve Smith
— PIYUSH PAWAR (@im_piyushpawar) November 22, 2022
Ye Steve Smith kab Sudhrega 😂
— SuryaVirat (@Sudhir44612324) November 22, 2022
Steve Smith not reviewing is essentially a tactical retirement. #AUSvENG
— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) November 22, 2022
Sometimes it's difficult to like Steve smith
— INPLAY (@InplayCricc) November 22, 2022
Steve Smith is a shit bloke…
— Tim Johnson (@Partyreptile) November 22, 2022
— Just JK (@iam_justjk) November 22, 2022
Did Steve Smith not review because he knows it's better for the team?
— Sacramento Beam (@matt__nicholls) November 22, 2022