Australian Test captain Tim Paine led the team ever so well in the first match at Adelaide Oval. Paine instilled confidence into his teammates and the team performed collectively to secure an emphatic win over India in the pink-ball affair.
Under Paine’s tutelage, Australia dismantled India in the second innings as the visitors were bundled out for 36, which is India’s lowest ever total in the history of Test cricket.
After a disastrous defeat at the hands of the hosts, India made a stellar comeback in the second Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. India won the game by 8 wickets to level the series.
The third Test match between the heavyweights is being held at the Sydney Cricket Ground. During the game, Australian Test captain Tim Paine came under fire for a wrong reason.
Paine fined for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct
Australian Test skipper has been found guilty of violating the Level-1 of the ICC Code of Conduct on third day of the SCG Test. The Australian wicketkeeper has been fined 15% of his match for this kind of offense.
As per an official statement released by the International Cricket Council on Sunday, Australian Test captain was found to have violated the Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which roughly states “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an International Match.”
The release further went on to add stating that 1 demerit point has been added to Australian Test skipper’s disciplinary record. It is to be noted that it is his first offence in 2 years.
The incident happened during the 56th over of India’s first innings on Day 3 (Saturday) when the Test skipper slammed the umpire’s decision after an unsuccessful DRS review against India’s dependable No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.
The 36-year-old Paine had admitted the offence and accepted the sanction which was proposed by David Boon who belong to the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees according to the COVID-19 interim playing regulations.
Australia favourites to win the SCG Test
Australia posted 338 in the first innings with the help of Steve Smith’s 131 and Marnus Labuschagne’s 91. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he accounted for 4 dismissals to his name.
India were bowled out for 244 in the first innings. Pat Cummins turned out to be the top bowler for the hosts as he took 4 wickets to his credit. Aussies played really well in the second innings as they scored 312/6 and declared the innings.
The hosts set up a target of 407 for the visitors. India are trying their best to save the Test match. They already lost half of their batting line-up. Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara added 148-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Pant got out for a brilliant 97. Pujara was also dismissed for a well-made 77.