Tim Paine hits back at Michael Clarke’s IPL contract comments

Kohli and Paine had some heated moments

The skipper of the Australian Test team, Tim Paine has hit back at Michael Clarke’s comments on the Australians being too nice with Virat Kohli to save their contracts of IPL. The former Australian skipper, Michael Clarke has said that everybody knows that the Indian team are powerful based on the financial part of the game.

He commented that the Australians were the aggressive players but they went opposite and sucked up to India. Clarke has also said that the Australians were too scared to sledge Kohli or the other Indian cricketers because they don’t want to lose their IPL contracts.

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But, the captain of Australia’s longest format of the game, Tim Paine has hit back at Michael Clarke’s comments.

“I certainly didn’t notice too many people being that nice to Virat or not trying to get him out or anything like that,” Paine told ESPNcricinfo. “I thought everyone who had the ball in their hand or when we were batting were trying their absolute best to win the game for Australia. I’m not sure who was going easy on him; we certainly had a thing where we didn’t want to provoke any fight with him because we think that’s when he plays at his best,” Paine said.

“Who knows what will happen this series and, as we saw in the documentary, there was still quite a lot of heat in some of those games. I certainly wasn’t holding back, but again the IPL’s not a huge draw for me at the moment, so I had nothing to lose,” Paine said.

“But anytime our guys go out and play a Test match for Australia, they’ll be giving their absolute all and I’m pretty sure they’re not thinking about an IPL contract when they’re running in, bowling to Virat,” he added.

“What you say on the field is irrelevant 99% of the time,” Paine said. “Sometimes you can get a little inside someone’s head or something like that, but if you’re not batting well and not bowling well, all the talk in the world doesn’t mean anything,” he said.

“There’s no doubt our first focus is on executing our skill and being as good as we can possibly be in that area and then sometimes things happen on a cricket field and you’ve got to go in, you’ve got to change your tack, or you’ve got to have a few words,” Paine added.

Tim Paine concluded, “As we’ve seen the last 12 or 18 months, we still do that, we still stick up for each other, we still fight as hard as any Australian team, but we’ve probably just had to move with the times and I’ve been really proud of the way we’ve played out cricket.”

The Indian team are scheduled to play four Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and three T20 International matches when they tour Australia from October 2020 to January 2021.

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