Australia skipper tried his best to distract Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman
Australia skipper Tim Paine welcomed Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman to the crease with a taunt related to former the Men in Green’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, on the opening day of the first Test between the two sides in Brisbane on Thursday.
In a video shared by Cricket Australia (CA) Twitter account, Paine can be heard trying to distract Rizwan by mentioning the batting abilities of Sarfaraz.
"Sarfaraz would have hit that for a four. Sweep shot, bang, four," said Paine.
The taunt didn’t seem to bother Rizwan as he continued to block off-spinner Nathan Lyon with ease. This propelled the Australia skipper to try something different as he complimented Rizwan’s scent shortly after the next ball.
“Smells nice though. He [Rizwan] smells very nice," he added.
A controversial decision by third umpire Michael Gough eventually brought an end to Rizwan’s brisk 37-run knock , after he edged fast-bowler Pat Cummins to the Aussie captain behind the stumps.
The umpires referred the decision to the third umpire, as replays showed that Cummins had overstepped the popping crease in his delivery stride. Gough, surprisingly, stuck with the original decision to the astonishment of the commentators and the fans alike.
Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in the first of the three-match T20 International series, starting on January 24 in Lahore23/Jan/2020