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New Zealand’s horrible review when the umpire adjudged Tim Paine not out after a lbw shout on day two of the ongoing Sydney Test pretty much sums up Black Caps’ disastrous tour of Australia. The tour has been marred by poor performances on the field, injuries and illness.

New Zealand have already conceded the three-match series after losing the first two Tests and their miseries have been further compounded by injuries and illness.

Lockie Ferguson was sent home with a calf strain suffered on Test debut in Perth before senior pacer Trent Boult had his right hand broken by a Mitchell Starc bouncer in the second Test which ruled him out of the third test. And before the ongoing Test, illness ruled captain Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner out of action.

Trent Boult
Trent Boult. Credit: Getty Images

Coming to the review from New Zealand, New Zealand were so desperate to dismiss Tim Paine that they came up with a DRS call that can be called the worst of all time.  The incident took place in the 113th over of the day’s play on Saturday (January 4).

It was a low-dipping yorker from Todd Astle. Paine misjudged the length at first but got his bat down at the right time. New Zealand fielders, on the other hand, went up in unison only to see the umpire giving his decision in the batsman’s favour. However, the tourists were convinced that they had their man and reviewed the decision.

But they soon realised their mistake as replays clearly suggested no involvement of the pad. In fact, Paine’s bat was nowhere close to the ball. Paine was seen laughing at the turn of events as New Zealand fielders were left red-faced.

Here is a clip of that incident:

Australia, meanwhile, are well on top in the game after scoring 454 in the first innings. Marnus Labuschagne top-scored for the hosts, scoring a career-best 215. In reply, New Zealand have started promisingly and ended the day on 63 for no loss.