Aussie captain Tim Paine’s reputation as the choirboy of Aussie cricket has been rocked by a series of stump microphone leaks in Adelaide.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 08: Tim Paine of Australia speaks to Aaron Finch of Australia during day three of the First Test match in the series between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on December 08, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
India pressed their advantage on day three of the First Test, leaving Australia with an uphill battle to salvage a result.
The Aussie attack failed to land the knockout blow, but kept in touch with sporadic wickets to restrict India to 3/151 at stumps.
Here are all the big talking points from the third day of play in Adelaide.
PAINE CAUGHT OUT ON STUMP MIC
Captain Tim Paine has led Australia’s renewed focus on fair play since his appointment as Steve Smith’s replacement.
The star keeper’s commitment to sportsmanship has seen his reputation swing towards that of a well-behaved choirboy.
The stump microphones at the Adelaide Oval have shown the 33-year-old is still very much just one of the boys in the Aussie dressing room.
Paine was twice overheard on the Fox Cricket stump mic heading into murky territory.
His remonstration with the on-field umpires during the first session of play when officials were debating the threat of the building rain downpours was the first thing picked up.
The Aussie skipper was heard letting an F-bomb slip through his guard.
He was busted again by the effects mic in the final session of play when he shared some light-hearted giggles with opener Aaron Finch.
Finch was hit in the neck while fielding at short leg when Virat Kohli pulled the Kookaburra straight into the in-fielders throat.
Finch was visibly shaken for a while and appeared in significant discomfort as he stumbled through a coughing fit while grasping at his own throat.
When Finch finally appeared OK again, Paine couldn’t help but poke some fun at his wheezing teammate.
“Do you want a dart,” Pain was heard asking Finch with a cheeky grin on his face.
Finch responded: “I haven’t had one in six months”.
The Indian captain has long been at loggerheads with Australian players since he burst onto the scene in the 2011-12 tour of Australia with several fiery clashes over the years.
As he made his way to the crease just before tea on day three, Kohli was booed to the crease by some sections of the Adelaide Oval crowd.
He learned Australians have long memories.
Kohli was two not out at tea, having survived a nervous moment on zero when he turned the sixth ball he faced to the leg side and the feet of bat-pad Aaron Finch.
Kohli is never too far from the headlines when in Australia and his antics in the field have caught the attention of Australian coach Justin Langer.
The Indian captain was animated in celebrating the Australian wickets throughout their innings.
Langer said he “loved seeing that passion” but felt if an Australian was celebrating in that way, they would be judged differently than Kohli.
“He’s (Kohli) a superstar of the game and he’s the captain,” Langer told Fox Cricket.
“We’ve talked for as long as I can remember in Australian cricket teams that you want to keep the opposition captain down as much as possible. You love seeing that passion in sport.
“Mind you I think if we did that at the moment we’d be the worst blokes in the world. It’s a fine line isn’t it? “That’s the truth of it, but I love seeing the passion, that is great passion. But as I said there’s a fine line.”
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‘WHAT ON EARTH HAS JUST GONE ON?’
Mitchell Starc didn’t last long, getting an outside edge off an expansive drive while facing Jasprit Bumrah. He was caught behind for 15 and Australia wobbled to 8/204.
To make matters worse, it proved to be the last ball before the players went off for rain. Had Starc knuckled down for that one delivery the Aussies would have walked off still with three wickets in hand.
“They’re walking off, exactly as we were talking about,” Michael Slater said in commentary for Channel 7. “It’s just one of those times where you walk off, you turn around and then everyone is walking off and you think, ‘What on earth has just gone on?’ Starc will be thinking that anyway.”
Ricky Ponting added: “I think the whole dressing room will be disappointed there. Mitchell Starc and Travis Head maybe more than anybody else but we just had a feeling
that that was going to happen didn’t we (the players would leave the field).
“We were thinking they’re going to go off at the end of the over. Just get through it. Just get through the over, there’s no need to be playing the big cover drive to wide balls.”
The shower passed in a matter of minutes, but the covers remained on the wicket. Minutes later the Adelaide Oval staff’s decision was vindicated when the rain again intensified as clouds built around the venue.
Seven commentator James Brayshaw described the failure to try to re-start play as “one of the great frustrations with our magnificent game”.
“There is no reason why play shouldn’t be happening right now. I’m standing out from the stand far enough to be getting wet if there was any rain and even though this magnificent suit provided by Myers has a couple of rain drops on it, the surface is fine. They should have the covers off and the players should be out there and play.
“Play should be happening right now.”
WINNER DECLARED IN INDIAN OPENING DUEL
They may have been opening partners but Indian opening pair Murali Vijay and KL Rahul were locked in a personal duel to stay in the side.
Rahul was the incumbent and at 26, is considered a long term option, while Vijay is the wily veteran at 34, aiming to show the youngsters how to play.
With “the next Tendulkar” 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in the Tour match against the Cricket Australia XI, soon he will be breathing down their necks.
So who won the duel?
After a strong start to the second innings in a 63-run opening stand, Vijay suffered the knockout blow as he departed for 18, reaching for a cover drive and nicking off to second slip.
While Rahul was next out, he scored 44 before feathering a rising ball to Tim Paine, social media was quick to skewer Vijay’s chances.
As much as Rahul was slammed for throwing away his start as well, it was an enterprising innings before a rash shot, including a huge six over cover.
The news might be a bit brighter for the opening pair with a potential second chance to impress with Shaw slated to return by the Boxing Day Test although the Perth Test could still be a possibility according to Indian coach Ravi Shastri.
“It was heartbreaking to see him (Shaw) go down the way he did but the good thing is he is recovering well,” Shastri said.
“He has started walking, maybe if we can get him running by the weekend, that will really be a good sign.
“With youth by his side, he might recover quickly, we will take a call as we go close to Perth.”
O’KEEFFE’S HILARIOUS BRUSH WITH ICON
Kerry O’Keeffe has clearly got a million stories and will be peppering them throughout the Fox Cricket coverage.
With a rain delay offering a perfect opportunity for Skull to open his big book of yarns, he chose one about his brush with music icon Roy Orbison.
In fact, his greatest dreams were meeting Mick Jagger and Roy Orbison.
While sitting in a hotel in Adelaide during a match that was rain affected in March 1975, O’Keeffe saw an opportunity to meet the music legend.
“We were booked into a hotel to play South Australia and Roy Orbison was booked into the same hotel,” O’Keefe said.
“All night I was on Roy watch at the bar waiting for him to come back. I didn’t meet him for the first two nights.
“Finally I sent a bottle of champagne to his room and got the room number from the girl at reception and knocked on his room door at 1am.
“This guy with a purple nightgown game to the door with black sunnies, and I said ‘Kerry O’Keefe, NSW Cricket team’. He said ‘How you doin’?’
“‘I sent you the champagne, I’m a huge fan’. And he came out into the corridor and had half a bottle of champagne with us.”
But weather is a fickle beast, as O’Keeffe found out the hard way.
“The next day, I thought it was going to rain all day and we were going to get out with a draw,” O’Keeffe said.
“No, the sun came up, we’d been singing Roy Orbison songs until 4am. I had to bat, first ball I walked out I was humming ‘Pretty Woman’.
“I nicked Ashley Mallett to Dennis Yagmich for nought, and I was crooning ‘It’s Over’ as I walked off. But I’d said I was dedicating my innings to Roy and the incoming batsman said ‘yeah, the big O’.”
While O’Keeffe wasn’t able to help his teammates on the day, he didn’t really care too much either.
“All I could think was I’d met my idol, I don’t care what happens today,” O’Keeffe said. “We lost by 42.”
Memory clearly isn’t perfect 43 years down the track — NSW actually won the match by 32.