Llyod slams Paine for abusive remarks at Ashwin in SCG Test
The third Test match between Australia and India at the SCG had a series of controversies. Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were racially abused by a crowd member during the second and third day of the match. Siraj was once again abused by a certain section of the Australian fans. The security officials asked those fans to leave the stadium.
After that incident, Australian Test captain Tim Paine had a go at Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin during the fifth day of the match. While India were chasing the target of 407, the visitors already lost 5 wickets and were relying on Ashwin and Vihari to deliver the goods. While they were showing resistance to the Aussie bowling attack, Paine tried to ruffle Ashwin’s feathers.
Paine indulged in banter with Ashwin, in what turned out to be a verbal war. In the process, Paine turned a tad abusive as he crossed his limits and used the cuss word, ‘d****ead’ which didn’t go down well with Indian fans and former England cricketer David Llyod.
Lloyd slams Paine
The former English cricketer was not at all pleased with Paine’s on-field behaviour. He reckons that Australian Test captain must behave himself properly and set an example for the team as a captain. “It’s up to Paine now to control his players, but first he has to set an example.
Put it like this: if someone had talked to me like he did to Ravichandran Ashwin, I’d have lost all respect for them. The way he was carrying on behind the stumps left me flabbergasted,” the current commentator wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.
“I played the game for two decades, and sledging didn’t really exist. People go on about Ian Chappell and his Australia team, but what the likes of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson said to us was just banter. They never said anything that made me not want to have a beer with them after the game,” he added.
The commentator also further added that Aussies haven’t learnt their lessons after the 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal. Llyod feels Australians are repeating their mistakes. “You’d have thought the Australians would watch their Ps and Qs after that farce with the sandpaper. But they just don’t seem to learn. What on earth is wrong with them?” Lloyd added.