Tim Paine speaking: Australian captain answers phone call intended for reporter

first_img Rajarshi Gupta SydneyJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 21:35 IST Tim Paine answered a reporter’s phone call during a press conference in Sydney on Friday (@FoxCricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTim Paine was speaking to the media when a reporter’s phone rangPaine answered the call and spoke to the caller for a few minutes during the press conferenceAustralia endured another tough day at the SCG Test where India are in the driving seatAustralia might be reeling under India’s mountain of runs in the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground but Tim Paine showed he had not lost his sense of humour during the press conference after Day 2.Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159 not out) all but batted Australia out of the Test and Paine, the Australian captain, was set to face some more tough questions. India had declared their first innings at 622 for 7 and they already lead the series 2-1.These can’t be happy times for an Australia captain but Paine shared a light moment with the media when he answered a reporter’s phone in the middle of the press conference.Paine was answering a question when a phone rang and momentarily distracted, the Australia captain took the call.Here is what Tim Paine was heard telling the caller:”Tim Paine speaking. Who is it sorry? Oh okay, who are you after? Casey in Hong Kong! Oh Martin! Oh alright, he’s in the middle of a press conference. Can I get him to call you back? Alright.. no worries, I’ll ask him to check his emails. Alright! Thanks Casey, cheers!The press contingent listened to Paine’s call in rapt attention.A cheeky phone call derailed Tim Paine’s press conference after play! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/zMT1cT8IOdcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019Tim Paine took over as Australia captain after Steve Smith was banned along with David Warner for a year over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal. Since then, Australia have lost one Test to Pakistan and two to India – Paine oversaw his first Test win as captain against India in Perth.While many have appreciated Paine’s leadership, it seems all is not well within the Australian dressing-room.Aussie pacers Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins endured a difficult day Thursday as India reached 303 for 4 at stumps. India piled on the agony on the second day and bowling coach David Saker revealed that the bowlers and Paine were not on the same page about the tactics to be deployed on a green-tinged SCG pitch.”I think the bowlers wanted one thing, Tim wanted one thing,” Saker told ‘ABC Grandstand’. “That’s not been the case as the general rule but when you were watching from the sideline you could see there was some confusion.”advertisementAlso Read | Tim Paine and pacers were not on the same page, says Australia’s bowling coachFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Tim PaineFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Cricket press conferenceFollow Sydney TestFollow Tim Paine press conference SydneyFollow SCG TestFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Rishabh Pant Tim Paine speaking: Australian captain answers phone call intended for reporterIndia vs Australia: Australia captain Tim Paine answered a reporter’s phone in the middle of a press conference and left journalists in splits after India strengthened their position in the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.advertisementlast_img read more