Australian captain Tim Paine admitted on Wednesday that “tension is boiling beneath the surface” ahead of the third test after unnamed sources from the Indian camp raised concerns about playing the final game of the series in Brisbane on January 15. . Under the strict rules of Queensland State Health Protocol, the Indian team must undergo another round of hard quarantine in Brisbane during the test match, with the first protocol not even allowing players to leave their rooms. Paine said his side is “not too busy” about the location of the Fourth Test.
After the Indian board cleared the matter, it is clear that players could get involved in a bio bubble at the hotel and the test match has begun despite some harsh remarks from a few state politicians who did not fare well with the BCCI. .
“I think it’s boiling away, things are starting to happen,” Paine said during virtual media interaction when asked why there has been less than usual chitchat, other than the Rishabh Pant-Matthew Wade chatter at the MCG.
“ Not only will it be fascinating from a cricket match point of view, but the tension boiling beneath the surface with many unnamed sources coming out of their camp about where they will play their fourth Test, where they don’t want to go. … So let’s see how it goes, ‘said the Australian skipper.
Paine admitted there is an element of uncertainty associated with the Brisbane Test if India, a mighty cricket board, wants to push the push button.
Asked if he is frustrated with the turn of events, Paine replied, “No inner frustration but a little insecurity because when you hear things like that, especially from India, which has a lot of power in world cricket, it’s likely that it could be. to happen.”
As for his team, Paine is clear that it hardly matters whether the test is played in Brisbane or Mumbai.
“For us we just want to be clear about this test game, we know the protocols and we know what is expected of us, we will focus on that this week and whatever happens next week and we will adapt to it.
“We’re not too concerned about where the test is played and we don’t care if you call up and say it’s in Mumbai. We come to a plan and play.”
However, he agreed that it was an “unusually tame” start to the series with very minimal verbal chatter between the two sides.
“I like it. It’s because both teams are just happy to be back in Test cricket after such a long break. And there is undoubtedly a lot of respect between the two teams. Very competitive sides.”
Paine also declined to answer whether the alleged breach of protocol that Cricket Australia could not prove would have affected the Indian players.
“I’m not sure and you’ll have to ask the Indian guys. It didn’t affect us and we talked about it again. This year the protocols are different and you don’t know if other teams are breaking or not, we have no control. We can decide how we go about it. ”
To an onlooker at the MCG last week, who tested COVID-19 positive and also welcomed SCG 10,000 for the ‘Pink Test’, Paine said he would like to believe the authorities.
“Not my area of concern. There are people who make these decisions at the government level and there are health experts, they all work together to do the best they can.
“Obviously we want to get people in the gates, give people the chance to watch international cricket and when they say the safe number is 10,000, I certainly shouldn’t question that. There are people with a medical background. and we trust people in those positions who make the right decisions. We go along with everything we are told. “
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