Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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Australian captain Tim Paine apologises for sledging against Ashwin in Sydney Test

Australian captain Tim Paine apologises for sledging against Ashwin in Sydney Test

Bumrah will not play in the final Test of the series at Brisbane. "We've seen plenty of instances in the past when you can get stuck into the batsman and do it in a way that's a lot better than the way I did it yesterday. we understand that.it's part of the game, it brings so much more to people's loungerooms by them being able to listen to what's going on in the middle. we've signed up for that, we know that and my behaviour has to be better than that", he responded.

"At least my teammates like me, d***head".

The last remark - complete with expletive - wasn't even new material from Paine, who used the same insult against Virat Kohliexternal-link on India's previous tour in 2018.

"Obviously the dropped catches have played a part in the result".

But not only was Paine unsuccessful in provoking Ashwin, he dropped three crucial catches - one each of Rishabh Pant, Ashwin, and Vihari - that probably cost his team a win.

But Ashwin didn't hesitate in biting back.

Paine was also fined 15 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent over an on-field umpire's call.

Sunil Gavaskar, who was on commentary, was unimpressed.

"I think it's bitterly disappointing".

Tim Paine reacts after dropping Hanuma Vihari
Paine made one in the first innings and 39 not out in the second

"It's a terrible feeling knowing that our fast bowlers and our spinner bowled their hearts out and gave everything to the team".

"I let the pressure of the game get to me". So I was fully expecting it and as I said this morning and yesterday, I'm happy to cop that on the chin.

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine on Tuesday admitted that he had a poor Pink Test as a leader and he even went on to apologise for his actions on the field.

The stump camera picked up Steve Smith shadow batting on the crease during the afternoon session drinks break, before appearing to scuff up the batsmen's guard - the marks used to guide where they stand - with his boots.

".There is no way in the world, he was trying to change Rishabh Pant's guard or anything like that". Was it a deliberate attempt to alter the surface or just one of Smith's idiosyncrasies?

Paine was installed as captain after Smith's reign was ended by the ball-tampering scandal. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.

Matthew Wade was also particularly vocal while fielding at short leg, warning Ashwin "don't end up with a broken rib" and mocking falling down injured after his Australia team-mates congratulated him for blocking a shot.

"So, I won't be surprised if there is a change in the Australian captaincy after the series".

Hanuma Vihari and Ravinchandran Ashwin [Image Credts: Twitter] Apart from Jadeja and Vihari, India have other injury concerns too with the likes of KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami all ruled out of the ongoing series earlier.


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