Australia captain Tim Paine has apologised for his sledging and behaviour on the final day of the drawn Third Test against India, admitting it was unacceptable.
The Tasmanian gloveman himself had dropped three final day catches and hadn’t been able to tactically find a way as skipper to dismiss the Indians.
The sledging, along with Paine’s profanities directed at the umpires after a DRS decision, hinted at a return to Australia’s former ways, which led up to the infamous 2018 Sandpaper-gate incident in South Africa.
Paine was keen to clear the incidents up, calling an ad-hoc press conference on Tuesday morning to show his contrition and explain that his frustration had got the better of him.
“I want to apologise for the way I went about things yesterday,” Paine said. “I’m someone who prides themselves on the way I lead this team and yesterday was a poor reflection of the team.
“I let the pressure of the game get to me. It affected my mood and my performance. Initially I reflected purely on my wicketkeeping. Last night I reflected on the whole game.
“I’ve had a really poor game as a leader. I’m a captain who enjoys the game, and wants to play yesterday I fell short of my expectations and our teams standards. I’m human. I want to apologise for the mistakes I made yesterday.
“It’s certainly not a reflection of the way I want to lead this team. We’ve set high standards over the last few months and I’m bitterly disappointed.
“My mood throughout the whole Test match was a bit off. The way I spoke to the umpires was unacceptable.
“I’ve got to cop that on the chin. It’s certainly not a reflection of how I want to do it going forward.
“I fell short of my own standards and expectations. I’m bitterly disappointed with that.”
The two sides will resume battle at the Gabba in Brisbane which starts on Friday, with the series deadlocked at 1-1 ahead of the final Test.