Tim Paine was nearly run-out after a mix-up with Cameron Green on the first day at the MCG. One angle on the replays suggested his bat was on the line when Rishabh Pant broke the stumps, while on another it seemed like he had perhaps made his ground.
WOW!— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 26, 2020
Tim Paine survives again... just. Was there bat over the line?
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Paine run out! Incredible. No wait, he's given not out. Almost as incredible #AusvInd— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 26, 2020
By a blade of grass? #AUSvIND— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) December 26, 2020
That was a tight call!— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) December 26, 2020
A few felt Paine was out.
Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that run out review ! I had him on his bike & thought there was no part of his bat behind the line ! Should have been out in my opinion— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
That was OUT.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 26, 2020
Jason Holder was right. If players can be in a bio-bubble for soooo long....let umpires should be doing the same. #AusvInd
Should there be an umpire's call when it comes to run-out decisions as well?
Correct. And I wonder....if there's a soft signal for all things. Why not in this case too? There's a frame missing. Go with the on-field umpire's gut then.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 26, 2020
Eventually, the evidence was not conclusive enough for the third umpire to rule that Paine was run out. Paine, on 6 at that time, was dismissed for 13 in Australia's 195 all out.
"You heard Paul (Wilson) explain it quite clearly, he was looking for conclusive evidence to show the bat on the wrong side of the line with the bail removed from the top of the stump. He couldn't prove that the batsman was short of his line."— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 26, 2020
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