New Delhi: Tim Paine, the Australia cricket team skipper, is emerging as a symbol of how to sledge an opponent without being too provocative or nasty. For some time, Australia have been accused of sledging which have sometimes ‘crossed the line’ according to their opponents. However, on day 2 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Paine’s banter was hilarious to hear and his target, Rohit Sharma, could not stop smiling. During an over bowled by Nathan Lyon to the Mumbai batsman, stump microphones caught a hilarious exchange between Paine and Aaron Finch who was standing at short leg. The conversation centered on the Indian Premier League.Paine was trying to break Rohit’s concentration and he egged him to hit a six off Lyon. “It’s been a toss up for me between Royals and Indians, and if Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai,” Paine was heard saying to Finch. The Australian skipper then went on ask Finch how many teams he has played for. Finch said except for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, he has played for all. The right-hander is an IPL veteran having played for teams like Delhi Daredevils now Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.Read More | India v Australia, live cricket score, day 3: Jadeja gets Khawaja For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The four-match series is currently tied 1-1 after India won the Adelaide Test by 31 runs and Australia registered a 146-run win. Paine’s side are currently struggling in the Melbourne Test as they aim for survival. Rohit was not distracted and he played a composed knock to score his 10th fifty as India declared on 443/7 at the end of day 2 of the Boxing Day Test.Read More | Yearender 2018: Kohli’s brilliance, Dhoni’s IPL return, Gauti says byeIn this series, Paine has been remarkable when it comes to verbal exchanges. In the Perth Test, the Australian skipper was involved in a face-off with Virat Kohli and it is difficult to say who came out on top. “If he messes it up, it’s 2-0,” Kohli said. In response, Paine fired a unique salvo and stated, “You’ve got to bat first, big head”. The Indian skipper was animated ever since he was dismissed for 123 by Pat Cummins, with Peter Handscomb taking a ‘dodgy’ catch in that match. In the second innings, Paine had an epic exchange with Murali Vijay with Kohli at the other end. “”I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke,” Paine had said.
Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers One of the role players from a previous Lakers title team could be making his way back to Los Angeles if the front office gets its way.An ESPN report Sunday indicated that the Lakers are looking to acquire veteran forward Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns, and could include guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of the deal.The report indicates that the Lakers, who would not be able to deal for Ariza until Dec. 15, when players on one-year deals are eligible to be moved. Both Ariza ($15 million) and Caldwell-Pope ($12 million) signed one-year deals this summer with their respective teams.For the Lakers, Ariza, 33, would bring size as a 6-foot-8 wing and defensive stopping prowess. It would represent a push to build a title-contender this year as opposed to the patient approach the franchise has pushed for the last few months. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Caldwell-Pope, 25, quickly dropped out of the starting lineup this season, and his production overall has dropped coming off the bench. He’s averaging 8.5 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game.A potential deal with Ariza and Caldwell-Pope has entangled power brokers at play: Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was Ariza’s agent before assuming his post in the front office. Phoenix general manager James Jones is a long time friend and teammate of LeBron James, and bought out Chandler just 10 games into the season for the Lakers to scoop up in November. Caldwell-Pope’s agent Rich Paul is also James’ agent, and he could have a large say in whether Caldwell-Pope exercises his veto power on a trade.ESPN reported that Caldwell-Pope and Paul would be open to a deal that could increase Caldwell-Pope’s role and aid him in getting signed this summer in free agency. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAriza, from Westchester High and UCLA, was a key piece of last year’s Houston Rockets as a three-and-D specialist, and he could bring needed length on the wings. The Lakers often play Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart together in undersized lineups. He’s also a veteran of a championship-winning team on the Lakers in 2009, and is of the same generation as veterans LeBron James and Tyson Chandler (who was his Suns teammate at the start of the season).With the last-place Suns dropping off in the West, Ariza is averaging 9.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as well as 1.3 steals.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error