The third test at Sydney Cricket Ground was not a memorable one for Tim Paine. The Australian skipper failed with the bat, lost three catches on the final day, depriving Australia of a sure win. Tim Paine was also embroiled in an argument with field referee F Paul Wilson after Cheteshwar Pujara’s DRS was suspended and fined him 15% of his match fees. His miserable Test was made worse by the altercation he had with Ravichandran Ashwin in which he was brought back by the Indian all-rounder. After the end of the test match, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar criticized Tim Paine’s actions.
“His days as captain are numbered. If you allow the Indian team to beat 130 overs without getting any wickets … that’s a very good Australian attack. The bowling changes, the field positions, everything. could have made a difference. Tim Paine was more interested in talking to the drummer than his changes in rankings and bowling. So I won’t be surprised if there is a change of Australian captain after the series, “said Gavaskar on India Today after the match ended in Sydney.
Australian skipper Tim Paine responded to the criticism on Thursday and said Sunil Gavaskar is entitled to his opinion, but that does not affect the Aussie team at all. “I’m not going in. Going back and forth with Sunil Gavaskar, I don’t think I’m going to win this. He’s entitled to his opinion, it doesn’t affect us at all. If anything that adds to the Test Sunny can go on saying whatever he wants to say, but at the end of the day we have nothing to do with him, “Paine said at a virtual press conference.
Apologized for his behavior
However, Tim Paine appeared to have redeemed himself when he gave an impromptu press conference after the draw in Sydney in which he apologized for his actions and said his leadership was gone.
“It was a bad reflection of that. My leadership wasn’t good enough. I let the pressure of the game get to me. It affected my mood and my performance,” Paine said. Tim Paine took over the Australian cricket team from the ball tampering scandal and there was a cultural shift in the way Australia played their game. For 18 months they had maintained a good record but with the behavior in Sydney, Tim Paine admitted it was a mistake on the radar.
“It’s definitely not a reflection of how I want to lead the team. We have set high standards over the past 18 months and yesterday was a mistake on the radar. I needed to get out. and talk. I am bitterly disappointed with the I behaved. My mood during the whole test match was slightly different. The way I spoke to the referees on day 2 was disappointing. I have to deal with this on chin. This is not how I want to lead the Australian team in the future. I talk to the players about how to play the game based on their skills and not their emotions. Yesterday I did “Didn’t meet standards and expectations, so disappointed by this. It’s time to think about myself and learn from it and be able to take Gabba’s test,” Paine said.