Tim Paine doesn't let Virat Kohli dig go unanswered during second Test


Australian captain Tim Paine and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli exchanged digs as day three of the second Test between the two sides drew to a close in Perth.

Desperate to dismiss Paine, India fervently claimed a dubious caught behind in the final over, declining to review when the umpire gave Paine not out.

Unable to resist an attempt to get under Paine’s skin, Kohli was heard on the stump mic saying:
"If he messes it up, it's 2-0," referencing the 1 nil lead enjoyed by India heading into the second Test match.

If Kohli thought his dig would go unanswered, he was very much mistaken. Paine immediately quipped back:

"You've got to bat first, big head."

The pair were still in discussion as play for the day concluded and the teams left the field, with spinner Nathan Lyon joking:

"Tim just asked him where he was going for dinner!"

"I've played enough cricket against Virat to know what he's like.

"Virat's Virat.

"Virat Kohli is a great player. He plays on emotion. I'm not worried about what he's doing or India's doing."

Given the history of tension between the two sides and Australian cricket’s recent efforts to clean up its act following this year’s ball-tampering scandal, this Test series has thus far been conducted in a relatively genial manner.

But with Australia finishing the day boasting a welcome 175 run lead, the competitive natures of the two men has clearly tested their resolve to play the game in the correct spirit.


Kohli had earlier in the day managed to score another century before Pat Cummins finally found the breakthrough with the Indian captain on 123.

Nevertheless, the tourists' lower order collapsed and were eventually bowled out for 283, 43 runs short of Australia's first innings score.

In response, Usman Khawaja ended the day on 41 not out alongside Paine (8 no) and the Aussies will hope to build a big lead for India to chase if they are to secure back-to-back wins.

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