Australian captain Tim Paine admitted that the debate around the fourth Test at Gabba has started to grind a few people in the Indian camp which will result in some banter on the field. During the second Test, Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and Australia's Matthew Wade were involved in a conversation that fascinated many fans. It even brought some spice to the contest between India and Australia. Read more – If you rang us up and say 4th Test is in Mumbai, we would get on a plane: Tim Paine
In the press conference on the eve of the third Test, Tim Paine said that there wasn't enough banter because both teams were happy to play cricket in the pandemic. However, now given that India isn't keen to play the fourth Test, Paine says that fans will see some banters.
He said, "Yeah I like it (Wade-Pant banter) I’ve actually said in a radio interview this morning that it’s been unusually time at the start of this series. I think it’s because both teams are just happy to be back playing Test cricket after such a big break. There’s a lot of respect between the two teams, no doubt about that, very competitive sides."
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"But yeah I think it’s boiling away, there’s some stuff starting to happen, so I think this Test will be fascinating not just from a cricket point of view, but also there’s a tension starting to boil under the surface with a lot of unknown sources coming out from their camp saying where they wanna play the fourth Test, where they don’t wanna go. Yeah, I think it’s starting to grind a few people so we’ll see how it goes," he added.
As far as captaincy pressure is concerned, Tim Paine disagreed. He told that although it's disappointing (losing the second Test), this Test (third) is the most important one. "Not at all really, I’ve spoken about it. It’s disappointing that we lost that last series regardless of the team we had in. But yeah, we are not looking any further than this Test. This Test is the most important Test we’ve played in the long time. That’s the way we’re treating it," Paine said.
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"The series is up for grab and we want to win it. Where we’ve won and lost is irrelevant. Our main focus is on this Test match. We won convincingly in Adelaide. We know we need to be improved. We know where we need to be improved. That’s all we are focusing on," Paine added.