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Ashes 2019: Tim Paine’s agony at wasting review that would have retained the urn

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‘I don’t want to watch that again’: Tim Paine’s agony at wasting review that would have retained the urn

  • Australia suffered stunning defeat by England in third Ashes Test at Headingley 
  • Ben Stokes hit 135 not out but was trapped lbw with England needing two runs 
  • Umpire Joel Wilson did not give it out and Australia had used all their reviews
  • Captain Tim Paine admitted he should take some blame for poor use of reviews 
  • Ben Stokes felt the ball was missing the stumps and the technology was wrong 

Australian captain Tim Paine was left to rue a heart-breaking lbw decision that cost his side the chance of retaining the Ashes on a miraculous afternoon in Leeds.

With England still needing two runs to win, and No 11 Jack Leach having just survived a gilt-edged run-out chance, Ben Stokes missed a sweep off Nathan Lyon, only for umpire Joel Wilson to reject the appeal. 

Moments earlier, Paine had used up Australia’s final review on a speculative lbw shout against Leach.

Australia captain Tim Paine appeals for the wicket of Ben Stokes only to see it turned down

The technology showed Stokes would have been out, handing Australia the Test and an unassailable 2-0 lead. 

Asked whether he had seen a replay of the decision, Paine said: ‘I saw it live, that’s all. I don’t need to see a replay. I don’t want to watch that again.’

But the Australian captain admitted he shared some of the blame. ‘I haven’t got a review right this series, so I can’t sit here and have a crack at the umpiring,’ he said. 

‘We had other opportunities to win the game. To single out an umpire is unnecessary. He’s no different from anyone else. He’s allowed to make mistakes.’

Umpire Joel Wilson did not give Stokes out despite technology showing he was plumb lbw

Umpire Joel Wilson did not give Stokes out despite technology showing he was plumb lbw

Stokes claimed the technology was in error, arguing that the ball hit his front pad before deflecting on to his back leg, and that Hawk-Eye should have shown it missing leg.

‘I thought as soon as it hit me it was sliding down leg because there was no spin,’ he said. ‘I still can’t believe it was three reds. But it shows how crucial it how you use your reviews. If they’d had a review left, they would have ended up winning.’

Meanwhile, Paine described Stokes’s performance as ‘one of the great innings’, but urged his team not to get sucked into the emotion of a narrow defeat with the Ashes still on the line.

‘We’ve got to stick to the facts,’ he said. ‘We have been in a position to win every Test match so far. These losses can hurt but we’ve got to put our energy into what we’re doing well.’

Stokes went on to complete one of the all-time great Ashes innings by hitting unbeaten 135

Stokes went on to complete one of the all-time great Ashes innings by hitting unbeaten 135

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