Tim Paine to review Australia DRS approach after Ashes third Test failure
Australia Test captain Tim Paine says they will review their approach to using the Decision Review System after wasting their referrals in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.
Ben Stokes, the eventual England hero in Leeds, would not have been able to hit the Test-winning runs had Paine not used their final review on an optimistic call for lbw against Jack Leach from the bowling of Pat Cummins.
Nathan Lyon, the Australia spin bowler, had a shout for leg before against Stokes but the umpire, Joel Wilson, did not give the decision. Replays showed a review would have regained Australia the Ashes.
“We’re trying our best to come up with a system that’s better,” he told Melbourne radio station SEN.
“And we can, I suppose, gather information on what different people are seeing on the field at the time and in that 15 seconds try to make a better decision than what we have been doing, but it’s a little bit of trial and error.”
The wasted review was one of a slew of mishaps in the final hour as Australia gave up a seemingly impregnable position to allow England back into the series.
Paine said his team were “obviously really dejected” in the immediate aftermath at Headingley on Sunday but he was proud at how they had banded together in the days since.
“Losses like that can wear groups down and break groups apart,” he said.
“Really proud of the fact we’ve moved on quickly. We certainly didn’t paper over the cracks.
“We know we made some pretty obvious mistakes particularly in that last hour. We’ve had some pretty honest chats about that.”
Stokes proved a game-changer at Headingley and Paine came in for criticism for his field positions as the all-rounder blasted Australia’s attack to all parts of the ground.
Paine said there was little he would have changed, though, barring asking his team to take their chances when offered.
“(Stokes) can literally hit the ball anywhere he likes on the field, so when he’s in and going, he’s extremely hard to stop,” said Paine.
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