The third Test on the Sydney Cricket Ground was not a memorable one for Tim Paine. The Australian skipper failed with the bat, dropped three catches on the ultimate day that denied Australia a certain win. Tim Paine was additionally concerned in a spat with the on-field umpire F Paul Wilson after the DRS reprieve of Cheteshwar Pujara which earned him a high-quality of 15 p.c of his match payment. His depressing Test was compounded by the altercation he had with Ravichandran Ashwin wherein he was sledged again by the India all-rounder. Following the tip of the Test match, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar criticised the actions of Tim Paine.
“His days as captain are numbered. If you allow the Indian team to bat 130-odd overs without getting wickets…this is a very good Australian attack. The bowling changes, the field placements, everything could have made a difference to the result. Tim Paine was more interested in talking to the batsman rather than his field placing and bowling changes. So, I won’t be surprised if there is a change in the Australian captaincy after the series is over,” Gavaskar had instructed India Today after the tip of the sport in Sydney.
On Thursday, Australia skipper Tim Paine responded to the criticism and said Sunil Gavaskar is entitled to his opinion, however it doesn’t have an effect on the Australian staff one bit. “I am not going to get into it. Going back and forth with Sunil Gavaskar, do not think I am going to win that. He is entitled to his opinion, it does not affect us one bit. If anything it is adding to the Test match. Sunny can keep saying what he wants to say, but in the end, we do not have anything to do with him,” said Paine in a digital press convention.
Apologised for his conduct
However, Tim Paine appeared to have redeemed himself when he gave an impromptu press convention after the attract Sydney wherein he apologised for his actions and said that his management went lacking.
“It was a poor reflection of that. My leadership was not good enough. I let the pressure of the game get to me. It affected my mood and performance,” Paine had said. Tim Paine took over the Australian cricket staff within the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal and there was a cultural change in the way in which Australia performed their recreation. For 18 months, that they had maintained an excellent report however with the conduct in Sydney, Tim Paine admitted that it was a blip on the radar.
“It is certainly not a reflection of how I want to lead the team. We set high standards over the last 18 months and yesterday, it was a blip on the radar. I needed to come out and address. I am bitterly disappointed with the way I behaved. My whole mood during the entire course of the Test match was slightly off. The way I spoke to the umpires on day 2 was disappointing. I have to cope with that on the chin. It is not the way I want to lead the Australian team going forward. I talk to the players on how to play the game based on skill and not on emotion. Yesterday, I fell short on standards and expectations so bitterly disappointed with that. This is time for some self-reflection and learning from it and be able to move on to the Gabba Test,” Paine said.