Tim Paine has accepted his share of the blame for the failed reviews which contributed to Australia losing what has already been described as the greatest Test match in history.
As the third Ashes Test at Headingley reached a thrilling climax, Australia squandered their final decision review so had none left when man-of-the-match Ben Stokes was hit on the pads and judged not out when a dismissal would have given the tourists a one-run win.
Stokes cashed in by completing England's one-wicket win which tied the series.
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Criticism rained down on Paine, not least from another Tasmanian Test captain.
"They've burnt that one and it's cost them the Test match," Ricky Ponting said in the commentary.
Paine was magnanimous after the game: "Sometimes people make mistakes, we made a couple today and it cost us a Test match, that can happen," he said.
In a post-match interview with Channel Nine, the wicket-keeper said he "can't fathom why or how that wasn't given out", but in the subsequent press conference refused to criticise umpire Joel Wilson.
"I've got no issue with the umpiring. We can't control that. I don't think I've got a referral correct this series so I can't sit here and have a crack at the umpires. We've got to focus on what we can control and umpires' decisions isn't one of them.
"To single out an umpire I think is unnecessary. He's no different to anyone else, he's allowed to make mistakes."
Paine described the incorrect review for a Pat Cummins lbw appeal as a "spur of the moment dabble" but said the review saga was just one aspect of a match that was a great advertisement for Test cricket which was won by "individual brilliance from a world-class player".
"It hurts, deal with it, move on," he said.
"We missed a few and a guy played out of his skin., That can happen, that's OK. We're not going to be sulking about it.
"Hopefully next time we'll take those chances ... mistakes happen.
"Instead of wasting time on a missed run-put or a dropped catch or a referred lbw, let's put our energy into what we're doing well and the things that are getting us into winning positions. And if we continue to do that, the next time it pops up we'll take that opportunity, we'll win the Test match. Whereas if you let things drag on and get caught up in the crowd, or the emotion, that's just wasted energy. We're here to play on skill not emotion.
"We need to address some areas. We're not going to paper over the cracks and not talk about it. We're going to have some conversations about where we think we can get better.
"I thought it was an amazing game of cricket. It was great to be involved in, so I can only imagine what it was like to watch."
Heaping praise on Stokes' performance, Paine said it was scant relief to be told he had played in potentially the best Test match ever.
"When we're ex-players we'll look back and know that we've played in an amazing Test series," he said.
"(The) 2005 (series) springs to mind because it was unbelievable cricket."
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