After Ross Taylor’s survival via Decision Review System (DRS) in the ongoing Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand, the Aussie skipper Tim Paine went on to sledge Taylor in the best possible way.
Paine said that maybe Taylor knows the person who is in charge of dealing with the ball tracking. The wicketkeeper was heard saying, ‘He knows the bloke.’
It all happened in the 14th over of New Zealand’s first innings when James Pattinson bowled an in-swinger which hit Taylor’s pad and he was given out by the on-field umpire. The New Zealander then reviewed the decision in which the ball-tracker showed that the delivery was going over the top of the stumps, and Taylor remained not out.
After this incident, Tim Paine decided to sledge the middle-order batsman.
“That’s twice I’ve seen him dead out plum and not given. I see Broad hitting him in the pad in New Zealand; it was absolutely hitting middle stump. He knows the bloke in the truck,” said Paine.
Ross Taylor, too, got involved in the funny banter and replied, “I actually hit that one in New Zealand.”
Australian cricket team’s official Twitter handle posted a video of the funny chat and captioned the post as: “He knows the bloke in the truck.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2019
In the match, Australia started their things on Day 2 with Steve Smith on 77 not out and Travis Head at unbeaten 25. However, Smith (85) could only add eight more runs to his overnight score after Neil Wagner’s brutal bouncer got him out.
The Australian captain then stitched a crucial partnership (150 runs) with Head and took his team into a commanding position. Paine also reached his best score of 2019 (79) before Wagner sent him back to the hut. Australia scored 467/10 in their first innings, courtesy of Travis Head’s second Test century (114).
New Zealand, on the other hand, had a terrible start as they lost two wickets early in the form of Tom Blundell (15) and skipper Kane Williamson (9). At stumps, the Blackcaps were 44-2 with Tom Latham (9) and Ross Taylor (2) at the crease.