‘Frustrating’ DRS ‘Not a Perfect System’: Australian Captain Paine

Australia Test captain Tim Paine has questioned the decision review system, saying it has been “frustrating” to deal with the technology that is “not a perfect system”.

Australia endured some frustrating moments during their 31-run loss to India in the first Test at Adelaide when a few decisions went against the hosts after reviewing the calls made by the umpires.

Umpire Nigel Llong had given Ajinkya Rahane out caught at bat-pad for 17 early on Sunday, 9 December, but the decision was overturned on review when replays indicated that the ball had hit the batsman's front pad outside the line of off stump and missed his bat and gloves.

Similarly, Cheteshwar Pujara, who had scored a gritty 123 in the first innings, was adjudged out on eight and 17 to Lyon in India’s second innings on Saturday, 8 December, but the dismissals were overturned.

"“Look, it’s (DRS) not a perfect system and I haven’t got the answers. It’s just frustrating, I’d imagine it’s frustrating for everyone. But it is what it is.”" - Tim Paine, as quoted by Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian skipper initially said the calls had been "interesting," then when later asked why DRS was interesting, he said: "I think everything. I don't want to talk about DRS. It's just - it is what it is.

"A lot of balls seem to be going over the top of the stumps, I know that, that live don't look like they are. So yeah, it is what it is."

In Australia's second innings, Aaron Finch was caught in close to off-spinner R Ashwin but he didn't use the DRS after consulting partner Marcus Harris.

Reviews suggested that the ball had not touched the gloves and later third umpire Chris Gaffaney informed Nathan Lyon there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision.

Paine said: "It's one of those things. You can't do much about it. We've been told Aaron's for instance would still not have been overturned. Yeah, the DRS is interesting.

"It's a bit different when the batters are out there, it's up to those two, isn't it? Aaron felt something on his glove, it ended up being his pad, that can happen.

Australian opener Aaron Finch opted not to use DRS in the second innings vs India, although replays suggested the ball had not touched his gloves.

"From a bowling and in-the-field perspective, we've got a process we go through with myself and the bowler. Nathan Lyon's at point a lot, he gives us the indication of height. You have to take everyone's piece of information and make good decisions. We got a couple wrong but that can happen."

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was against the usage of DRS in Tests and India avoided the technology for eight years after its introduction in Test cricket in 2008.

But after Virat Kohli became the captain, India agreed to the use of DRS in 2016.

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