Tim Paine apologises for his distasteful comments on Ravichandran Ashwin while sledging him during day 5 of the third Test atbrhe Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Paine was constantly chattering against Ashwin and trying to disrupt his concentrations. However he accepted after the game that he had not played in the right spirit and not set an example as the captain of the Australian Test teamm
“I want to apologise for the way I went about things, I’m someone who prides himself on the way he leads this team and yesterday was a poor reflection of that,” he told reporters.
Tim Paine was put under severe pressure by the Indian batsmen especially by Rishabh Pant and that made him panic in his field placements and bowling changes. Paine accepted that the pressure for to him and he couldn’t handle the pressure.
“My leadership wasn’t good enough, I let the pressure of the game get to me. Yesterday, I fell short of my expectations and my team’s standards.
“I’m human, I want to apologise for the mistakes I made yesterday … we’ve set really high standards over the last 18 months and yesterday was a bit of a blip on the radar.”
Pain also revealed he had appologised to Ashwin for sledging and made sure they ended the test on a good note.
“I spoke to (Ashwin) quickly after the game yesterday, and I said to him ‘yeah, you end up looking the fool, you open your mouth and you end up dropping a catch’,” he added.
Tim Paine later dropped a simple catch of Hanuma Vihari towards the end of Day 5. He accept the criticism for his dropped catches and hopes he will perform better in Brisbane.
“We had a bit of a laugh about that … and everything was fine. I have to cop what’s coming on the chin and I’m really looking forward to moving on to Brisbane and getting back more for playing the game more like Tim Paine plays the game,” Paine said.