Tim Paine unleashed a barrage of sledges but failed to fire with the gloves in a heated final session of the gripping SCG Test, igniting a storm of comments on social media making a mockery of the Australia skipper.
Ears pricked when stump microphones relayed a spicy exchange of words between Paine and India hero Ravichandran Ashwin, as the visitors stonewalled through 131 overs to save the third Test in miraculous scenes.
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“Jeez, I can’t wait to get you to The Gabba, Ash. I tell you what,” Paine was heard saying on Fox Cricket’s coverage during a Nathan Lyon over.
“Just like we can’t wait to get you to India,” Ashwin shot back.
“It will be your last series.”
“Maybe,” Paine said.
“Are you a selector here as well?
“At least my teammates like me, d—head.”
Another Australia fielder then appeared to warn Ashwin of an impending “broken rib”, an eerie throwback to former Australia captain Michael Clarke infamously threatening England’s James Anderson in the 2013-14 Ashes with the words, “Get ready for a broken f—ing arm”.
“I’ve got more Indian friends than you do,” he said.
“Even your teammates think you’re a goose, don’t they? Every one of them.
“Wait till you get to The Gabba, pal.
“How many IPL teams wanted you when you asked every single one of them to have ya?”
Paine was then the one looking like “a goose” when he spilled a chance any Test wicketkeeper should take in the following over, lurching to his right and reprieving middle-order India batsman Hanuma Vihari.
Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting piled on.
“Paine said last over he thought he had more Indian friends than Ashwin,” he said on Seven’s coverage.
“Well I reckon he’s got a few more now.”
Indian great Sunil Gavaskar joined in.
“100 per cent. 100 per cent,” Gavaskar said.
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