Australia skipper Tim Paine has stated that Sunil Gavaskar's views do not affect his team and he is entitled to his opinion. After the thrid Test match, Sunil Gavaskar had opined that Tim Paine's days as a captain are numbered and he should be sacked soon. In the interview with India Today, the former Indian legend had openly criticized Tim Paine owing to his sledging and incapability to be a leader. Read more – R Ashwin reveals what inspired him to help India draw Sydney Test
During the fifth day, Tim Paine tried to distract Ravichandran Ashwin by using foul language but it looked like he was distracted, having dropped three crucial catches, including two of Rishabh Pant, who played a vital role in denying Australia the victory.
On the eve of fourth and final Test in Brisbane, Tim Paine expressed his views in the press conference. "I am not going to get into it. Going back and forth with Sunil Gavaskar, do not think I am going to win that. He is entitled to his opinion, it does not affect us one bit, if anything it is adding to the Test match. Sunny can keep saying what he wants to say, but in the end, we do not have anything to do with him," Paine said.
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"I just think I will handle it differently, last Test I let it get under my skin, I have admitted that. I will concentrate on myself and leading my team. This game is about controlling what we can control. If we can do that, we will be in a good position. If you look at my entire career, I have done a good job of staying relaxed. At times, you feel you get caught up in the moment," he added.
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Paine has been leading Australia after the sandpaper gate, in which former skipper Steve Smith was banned from all forms of cricket. Since then, Tim Paine has been leading Australia very well, except in the series against India where the subcontinental team seems to have got the better of Paine's team.
The series in currently leveled at 1-1 and both the team will lock horns in the fourth and final Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, beginning January 15.