Australia captain Tim Paine has admitted that his on-field conduct during the third Test against India at the SCG was unruly of a leader, saying that his mood throughout the match was off.
“I’m someone who prides themselves on the way I lead this team and yesterday was a poor reflection of that.
“My leadership wasn’t good enough, I let the pressure of the game get to me. It affected my mood and then from there affected my performance.
“I think I had a really poor game as a leader.
“Yesterday I fell short of my expectations and the team’s standards.
“We’ve set really high standards over the last 18 months and yesterday was certainly a blip on the radar and something that I felt I needed to come out and addressed.
“My mood throughout the whole Test match was a little bit off. The way I spoke to the umpires early on day two was also unacceptable.