Australia’s Tests Captain Tim Paine has said that not making it to the World Test Championship (WTC) final was ‘like drinking a bitter sip’. Paine also said that the match referees will have to show more consistency while penalizing points for slow over-rates.
New Zealand became world Test champions after beating India by eight wickets in Southampton last month. Australia were leading the race for a place in the WTC final but were fined four points for slow over rate during the Boxing Day Test against India. This series was the last chance for Penn’s team to score WTC points as the tour of South Africa was cancelled.
India then had to play a home series against England and Virat Kohli and his team scored enough points to make it to the final against New Zealand.
“Very disappointed that we were not able to make it (WTC final) because of over-rate,” Paine told reporters. I think unfortunately we were the team that suffered the loss of over-rate penalty.
Paine demanded that the match referee have to show more consistency when penalizing points. “In the last two years there have been a lot of Test matches in which teams could not bowl full overs in the stipulated time and I am not sure how many teams lost points because of that. I think there should be more consistency about it (point penalty), keeping in mind that the prize is huge and you can lose four points in a few overs.
Wicket-keeper batsman Paine said Australia were the only team to have had points deducted for over-rate offences. Paine said, ‘We did not bowl the overs in the stipulated time. All I want is continuity. I haven’t played many days (in Test cricket) when full overs were bowled and to my knowledge there was no other team whose points were deducted. Yes, it is like drinking a bitter sip that you are the only team whose points are deducted.
Paine said that it was difficult for him to watch the title match between India and New Zealand. He said, ‘I didn’t play enough in the match. I watched the last day’s game. I was thrilled to watch the first day’s game but then I didn’t. I watched the last day’s game and it was very exciting, great cricket.