Paine happy to take the slow lane to Australian style of cricket

Sherman Parsons
December 19, 2018

Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay have managed only one double-digit stand midway through the four-Test series in Australia, hardly the starts that would help bring India a first Test series win Down Under.

The worst sledging in the heated second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth came from one of the visiting players - and was directed at a teammate. "Kohli's cricketing brilliance pales in comparison to his arrogance and bad manners", Shah said, adding that he has no intention of leaving the country. "I will shove your anger up you're a*** ... don't talk bulls***".

After losing the first Test at the Adelaide, Oval, the comparatively inexperienced Aussies showed enormous character and guts to crush the Indians in the second Test at Perth on Tuesday.

India is now playing a Test series in Australia where the visitors won the first Test by 31 runs but was thrashed by the host in the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.

"Who knows what they are talking about but it does seem pretty animated".

Kohli once again caused controversy due to his aggressive celebrations and run-ins with Australian captain Tim Paine.

"Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly".

Kohli and Paine exchanged barbs, at one point prompting intervention from the umpire, during the game that Australia won by 146 runs on Tuesday to level the four-match series 1-1.

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"I enjoy watching him, I always have. [There is] a lot of uncertainty around their group and they haven't got long to turn things around".

Jadeja is a fiery player who has previous for on-pitch bust-ups, having it out with Matthew Wade during last year's Test series in India.

Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting also cautioned Tim Paine's men against complacency and added that India will find conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) more friendlier than some of the other wickets Down Under. "And no personal attacks", he said.

Although Kohli's actions earned him a lot of flak from the Australians, Indian fans backed him saying that such spats were necessary to push the opposition on the back foot.

"Stump mics and cameras. these things are totally irrelevant", he said.

"But look, it stays on the field whatever happens".

Asked about that particular moment when Kohli and Paine were nearly in each other's physical space, Langer said it was all part of the theatrics.

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