Tim Paine apologizes for his Misconduct with Ashwin in the 3rd Test at SCG!

Tim Paine

Australia failed to break down India’s batting order which helped team India to keep the series on level at 1-1, going into the final test at the Gabba, Brisbane.

Ravichandran Ashwin was one of the heroes for India in the third test match while Australia captain Tim Paine had a poor outing which lead him to lose his temper multiple times apart from dropping three catches on Day 5 of the third test match. On the final day of the Sydney test Paine was picked up by the stump mic & launched verbal volleys at Ashwin after being unable to dismiss him.

On Tuesday Tim Paine called a press conference & apologized for his conduct at the SCG saying, “I’m human, I want to apologize for the mistakes that I made.”

“I’m someone who prides themselves on the way I lead this team and yesterday was a poor reflection,” Paine was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“My leadership wasn’t good enough, I let the pressure of the game get to me. It affected my mood and then from there affected my performance. I said to our players yesterday ‘I’ve had a really poor game as a leader’. I let our group down,” he added.

Tim Paine further said that he spoke to the Indian spinner after the conclusion of the fifth day’s game & told him, “I ended up looking the fool, didn’t I?”

“You open your mouth and then you drop a catch. We had a bit of a laugh about that,” he said.

Tim Paine was also fined 15% of his match fee for showing disagreement with an on-field umpire. Tim Paine was found guilty for breaching Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. 

The ICC, in a press statement issued on Sunday, said that there was no need for a formal hearing as Tim Paine pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanctions.

The batting stand between Hanuma Vihari & Ashwin helped team India to keep the Australian bowlers at bay & take the match towards a draw. Vihari could barely run after suffering a hamstring injury & that took away the chance of team India chasing down the total & register a victory in the third test match against Australia. However the duo batted with grit & determination & were successful in pulling the match into a draw. The fourth and final Test is scheduled to be played at the Gabba, starting on January 15.


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