Tim Paine has been dealt the ultimate insult after Australia's series defeat to India, during ugly post-match scenes in Brisbane that have divided fans.
The Aussie captain has been embroiled in several controversies during the epic Test series against India, after being fined for swearing at an umpire and roundly criticised for sledging rival Ravi Ashwin, during the drawn Test in Sydney.
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Paine taunted Ashwin in Sydney by saying: "Cant wait to get you to the Gabba", where Australia hadn't lost a Test match in 32 years until Tuesday's extraordinary display from the tourists.
After seeing that sledge brutally backfire on him at the former 'Fortess Gabba', Paine then faced the added ignominy of being booed by fans in his own backyard.
Jeers rang out from the stands during the post-match presentations as a bitterly disappointed Paine congratulated India and reflected on another series defeat to India on home soil.
While some cricket fans argued that Paine got what was coming to him after his antics in Sydney, others described it as a "disgrace" that supporters would boo the Australian captain after the match.
Say what you like about Tim Paine, but he is the Australian captain and him getting booed there at The Gabba was an absolute disgrace! #ausvind
— Gregor Mactaggart (@g_mac15) January 19, 2021
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— K K R (@ramankk92) January 19, 2021
It was such a horrible sight to see Tim Paine getting booed during his speech. Ashamed that majority of the Indian crowd there did this. It was such a magnificent and competitive series, such behaviour spoils the fun.
— Ravish R (@ravish_r) January 19, 2021
Tim Paine getting booed. Wild
— YaGunners (@Ya_Gunners_) January 19, 2021
Tim Paine getting booed 👀
— Sid⁴ (@Siddhi_455) January 19, 2021
— Koushik Kannan (@KoushikKannan3) January 19, 2021
Paine getting booed during his interview at the Gabba. Magic stuff.
— Josh Hood (@starkador) January 19, 2021
Just to see Tim Paine get booed in his own country 😂😂
— CJ2 (@BackpostTrez) January 19, 2021
What you give is what you get!
— Mohan Nagaraj (@Mohan1001) January 19, 2021
He can call an opponent a dickhead and he can’t take a few boos? Give me a break. His performance was shameful and likely cost the last two tests with his dropped catches and poor captaincy.
— V2 (@vaib888) January 19, 2021
Paine insists he’s the man for the job
Perhaps unsurprisingly, debate soon turned to whether Paine was still the right man to lead the Aussie side in the wake of the humbling series defeat to India.
Australia's star-studded attack failed to run through the tourists on day five of the series-deciding fourth Test, as was the case on day five of the drawn SCG Test.
The shock loss to an inexperienced Indian XI, minus a stack of injured stars plus captain Virat Kohli, will ensure near-unprecedented scrutiny of Paine.
Adam Gilchrist has already questioned Paine's tactics, pointing to the fact the Tasmanian is juggling the burden of batting, wicketkeeping and captaining.
Australia's next Test assignment is a tour of South Africa, which is yet to be locked in because of the COVID-19 pandemic but likely to start in early March.
Paine, who was just three years old when a star-studded West Indies inflicted Australia's last Test loss in Brisbane, knows he will now "cop heaps of flak".
"This has certainly been slightly different for me in the last two weeks with lots of criticism coming my way," Paine said.
"In the past, it probably hasn't come my way.
"But that's par for the course. International cricket is a big-boy business and you have to have a very, very thick skin.
"I had a pretty ordinary day in Sydney, I copped that on the chin.
"Still looking forward to going to South Africa ... we had a goal to make this Test championship final and I think that's still achievable."
The 36-year-old made it clear that he wants to "keep leading this team".
"We've got some unfinished business ... I intend to finish that," Paine said.
"It doesn't always go your way in cricket and life. For me it's about soldiering on."
The veteran wouldn't be drawn on whether he will likely be behind the stumps for next summer's Ashes.
"I've said many times in the last two or three years that I don't look past the next series," Paine said.
"I'm 36 years old. I'm loving doing my job.
"I don't sit at home thinking I've done a brilliant job every day. I'm very honest with myself, I know when I make mistakes."
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