Australia’s horror first Test against Pakistan went from bad to worse when review blunder from Pat Cummins cost his side the prized wicket of Pakistan centurion Imam Ul Haq.
Steve Smith was shocked Cummins didn’t opt to review a caught behind off Nathan Lyon that would have finally given the tourists their second wicket.
With Ul Haq on 143, the Aussies appealed for a caught behind, but after being turned down by the umpire they chose not to review the decision, before replays showed snicko may have indicated an edge on the toe of the bat.
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It left Cummins frustrated when he saw the replays on the big screen, with Australia costing themselves just their second wicket of Pakistan’s healthy first innings total that finished at 2-102 at lunch on day two.
“Here we go there is a big, big noise that time,” Rob Key said in commentary.
“He went for the cut and it went through to the keeper’s gloves. It is the first bit of excitement the Australians have had for a long, long time. There was definitely a big noise there, but then there was no interest.”
Replays on snicko seemed to indicate an edge leaving the Australians all looking at each other in frustration.
“Maybe the ultra edge is showing something there,” Waqar Younis said.
“That’s the problem,” key added.
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“It is like when you are fielding in the slips and nothing is coming for ages and you start switching off a little bit. Then something happens and you are like what? And before you know it you have missed your opportunity.”
“Cummins was unmoved,” Younis said.
“Hardly anyone had that much interest.
“Alex Carey didn’t look too convinced did he? It was just the finest little sound.
“Disappointment from Cummins. There was an opportunity there and they didn’t take the review.”
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Smith was the only Australian player to look certain that the batsman had hit the ball.
“There was also that bat on the ground so there was a combination of noise that was the confusion for the Australians, which is why they didn’t review,” Michael Kasprowicz said.
“Yeah Smith was stunned,” Younis said.
“It was Carey who was not convinced and he just went straight to the bowler and he said no I don’t think he hit it.
“But Smith was surprised that they didn’t take the review.”
In the second session, Australia did the opposite, taking a review for caught behind despite no interest from Carey or Cummins, who bowled the delivery.
In the end, Cummins consulted Smith at square leg who shrugged his shoulders before the captain called for the failed review.