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Paine: ‘You can’t seriously like Kohli as a bloke’

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Captains Tim Paine and Virat Kohli have clashed yet again after the Aussie labelled the Indian icon a ‘big head’.

The war of words began on Sunday during the second Test between Australia and India in Perth, and continued into day four on Monday.

The two leaders squared up to one another as the Australia batsman set off for a run, before the gamesmanship threatened to boil over when India went into bat.

“You’re the one that lost it yesterday, why are you trying to be cool today?” Paine cheekily asked Kohli earlier today, which forced umpire Chris Gaffany to interject: “That’s enough, play the game. You guys are the captains!”

With Murali Vijay at the crease, Tim Paine quipped from behind the stumps: “I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke. You couldn’t possibly like him.”

The verbals proved fruitful, though, as Murali lost his wicket a few balls later as Australia closed in on a much-needed victory which would level the series going into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

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