Tim Paine sledges Ross Taylor at MCG: The Australian captain initiated yet another verbal battle during the Boxing Day Test.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Australia in Melbourne, Australia captain Tim Paine and veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor exchanged few words while the latter was batting against Australia spinner Nathan Lyon.
It all happened after the first delivery of the 16th over when Taylor was taking strike for the first time against Lyon. Been given out leg before the wicket off Australia fast bowler James Pattinson in the previous over, Taylor survived on the back of reviewing the decision which probably inspired Paine to utter a few words.
“That’s twice I’ve seen him [Ross Taylor] dead out plum and not given. You see Broady [Stuart Broad] hit him in the pad in New Zealand?
“It was absolutely hitting middle stump and it had missing leg. He knows the bloke in the truck,” Paine was heard as saying on the stump mic.
In no mood to head verbals from Paine, Taylor ended up responding to why he wasn’t given out against Broad. “The only problem is I actually hit that one in New Zealand. That’s why I wasn’t given,” Taylor replied.
“Did you? Did you touch it though? I don’t think you did,” Paine added.
It was surprising that Paine initiated a verbal battle with Taylor for he seems to have a knack of being chirpy behind the wickets. Having said that, the best part about his banter is that he never crosses the line as far as respecting the batsman is concerned.
Tim Paine sledges Ross Taylor at MCG
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2019
How Twitterati reacted:
Don’t mess with Painey.
He scored a truckload of runs today😂
— Aliya Akram (@aliyaakram_) December 27, 2019
And the award for best Comedy Drama goes to Tim Paine..👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤣🤣. #brilliant
— Tim (@jarstalking) December 27, 2019
Tim Paine’s cricket banter, volume 36.pic.twitter.com/DY5JWe1SNo
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) December 27, 2019
ME: Tim Paine has the third-best Test average for Australian wicketkeepers behind Gilchrist and Haddin and he is comfortably a better gloveman than either and the best since Healy, while also captaining the team through crisis
— Angus Livingston (@anguslivingston) December 27, 2019
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