The Australian skipper, Tim Paine on Saturday was seen losing his temper at an on-field umpire Paul Wilson following an unsuccessful review on Day 3 of the ongoing third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The incident took place during an over bowled by Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon. Australia made a huge appeal as the hosts believed Cheteshwar Pujara was caught at short leg by Matthew Wade.
The on-field umpire Wilson decided not to give 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 decided to rule in favor of the on-field call of not out.
It was then that Paine lost his cool and was seen engaging in a verbal exchange with Wilson. Acccording to the reports of the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian skipper did not mince his words and was heard on stump mics, saying that the third umpire needed to examine the off-side Hot Spot rather than looking at just the leg-side version.
Wilson was then heard saying that the final call was made by the third-umpire, and Paine should not be saying anything to him.
Paine’s comments can find him under the breach of 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”. He can also be fined for his comments in the umpire.
Currently, Australia is locking horns with India in Sydney for the third Test of the four-match series. The hosts managed to take the first-innings lead of 94 runs as they bundled out India for 244 on Day 3. Earlier, the Ussies were bowled out for 338 on Day 2 with Steve Smith scoring his 27th Test century.