India vs Australia Test Series – Tim Paine Sorry to Ashwin: After being criticized for his shambolic conduct, Australian captain Tim Paine has issued apology. Paine has apologised for his conduct at the SCG, admitting he let pressure get to him during the third Test and it affected his mood, captaincy and performance.
Paine’s antics against India, especially Aswhin on the final day of the epic draw made headlines around the world.
Just the previous day, Paine was fined 15 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of dissent for appealing to standing umpire Paul Wilson for some “f***ing consistency”.
What exactly happened on the 5th Day of Sydney Test ? How Paine lost his cool ?
Stump microphones picked up barbs that Australia’s skipper directed at ace Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin during the 122nd over of Monday’s stonewall.
During the spat with Ashwin, Paine was heard saying “at least my teammates like me, d…head”. He continuously mocked Ashwin by asking “how many IPL teams wanted you, when you asked every single one of them to have you?”
Paine dropped a catch during the following over, while Ashwin dragged his side to a draw despite a sore back.
Paine, speaking in Monday’s post-match press conference, argued the spat with Ashwin was “all part of the game, no harm done”.
But the 36-year-old was far more contrite on Tuesday morning, when he called an additional unscheduled press conference and apologized for his conduct.