Watch | Steve Smith opts for the worst review of the series

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Watch | Steve Smith opts for the worst review of the series

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After all the abuse India have taken for their review calls in the ongoing series, it's Australia's turn to face the trolls after their horrendous review against Wriddhiman Saha in the Ranchi Test today. Smith looked hesitant in opting for the review, but pressure from teammates forced his hand.

The incident occurred in the 180th over of the match when Pat Cummins was bowling to Saha. Cummins bowled a short ball and Saha was unable to get out of the way of the delivery. The ball struck Saha on the chest and carried to Smith on first slip. The on-field umpire refused to raise his finger leaving Smith with a decision to make.

The Australian captain looked like he was not going to go for it but pressure from the surrounding players resulted in Smith opting for it. Replays suggested that Saha had done well to drop his wrists away from the ball and there was daylight between the gloves and the ball. 

Even though this review was taken out of desperation, Australia's record following DRS-gate paints a very troubling picture for the visitors. In this innings itself, they have opted for five reviews with just one yielding a favorable result. 

Lyon was the first player to opt for one against Vijay for a catch. However, Snicko sided with the Indians on that occasion. The second one was by O'Keefe on Pujara and the latter was slightly lucky to have the decision go his way as we have seen such decisions go against the batsman in the past, cue Virat Kohli. The third one was a successful one against Ashwin but today Australia took another review against Saha for a catch when the batsman had hit the bat into the ground before the disastrous one off Cummins' ball.

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