Paine sledges Ashwin
Paine sledges Ashwin

Australian skipper Tim Paine apologise for his action in the 3rd Test vs India. On the final day of the 3rd Test, India’s Ashwin and Viahri made an unbreakable partnership which leads India to stay alive in the series as the match ends in draw.

In order to make a diversion Australian skipper Tim Paine tries to sledge R Ashwin. Both of them had a heated argument during the match but Ashwin slams back and continued to bat.

Tim Paine apologise 

Paine starts to receive negative feedback for his inappropriate action. Post the scenario, Tim Paine apologise for his action onfield.

Tim Paine and Ashwin seems normal post the match completion
Tim Paine and Ashwin seems normal post the match completion

“I am someone who prides myself on the way I lead this team and yesterday was a poor reflection. I let the pressure affect me. I think I felt short of my own expectations. I said to our players yesterday I have had a poor game as a leader. I let our group down. I am human. I want to apologise for the mistakes I made. My leadership wasn’t good enough. It’s not the way I want to lead this team.” said Paine.

The Aussie skipper had said before the third Test that things were ‘going to boil over the surface’ in Sydney. His verbal altercation with Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 5 reminded one of that. However, Paine clarified he had tried to address the issue soon after the game with the Indian off-spinner.

“I spoke to him (Ashwin) really quickly after the game yesterday, as I said to him, look I ended up looking a fool, didn’t I? You open your mouth and then you drop a catch and had a bit of laugh about that and everything was fine,” explained Paine, who grassed three chances in India’s second innings.

Several former cricketers condemned Paine’s conduct in the third Test with former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar even going to the extent of saying he won’t be surprised if there was a change of guard in Australian cricket.

However, Paine made it clear that he has not even given it a thought.

“When you perform, like the way I did, you expect criticism. The intensity of the series took myself out of my character. Yesterday, there was a blip on the radar. The important thing is to reflect where I went wrong,” Paine acknowledged.

Though he will not admit it, Paine knows his job is on the line. An unfavourable Gabba result will confirm his fears.

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