Paine continues banter behind stumps, asks Pant if he can babysit

Updated: Dec 29, 2018, 09:11 IST | Agencies

Paine was caught on the stump microphone sledging the left-handed batsman after the hosts were bowled out for 151 in the first innings on Day Three of the third Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Paine continues banter behind stumps, asks Pant if he can babysit
India's wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and Australia captain Tim Paine

Australian captain Tim Paine was at it again from behind the stumps with India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant at the receiving end here yesterday. Paine was caught on the stump microphone sledging the left-handed batsman after the hosts were bowled out for 151 in the first innings on Day Three of the third Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

In the 26th over of the visitors' second innings, Paine mockingly offered Pant a chance to play for the Big Bash League team Hobart Hurricanes after the Test series. The Aussie skipper further asked Pant whether he can babysit. "Tell you what, big MS [Dhoni] is back in the one-day squad too, we might get him down to the [Hobart] Hurricanes this bloke, we need a batter," Paine was heard telling teammate Aaron Finch on the stump mic.

"Fancy that Pant, extend your little Aussie holiday. Beautiful town Hobart too. Get you a nice apartment on the waterfront," Paine continued. "Have him over for dinner. Can you babysit? [I can] take the wife to the movies one night, you can look after the kids?"

On Thursday, Paine, 34, was heard telling Finch that he would support Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians if Rohit Sharma hits a six at the MCG, during the post-tea session on the second day. In the Perth Test, Paine was involved in a verbal exchange with India captain Virat Kohli, which at one point, needed the umpires' intervention.

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