Aussie skipper extends feud with India counterpart Virat Kohli

Andrew Reid

Amid the celebrations accompanying Australia's first Test victory over Pakistan, captain Tim Paine still reserved time to stick the boot into old rival, Virat Kohli.

The Indian captain famously sledged Paine during their Test series victory in Australia last year, telling the 34-year-old he was nothing more than a "stand-in" captain.

Kohli's barb was in reference to the ban that former skipper Steve Smith had been placed under for his role in the ball-tampering saga.

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Paine proved on Sunday, after the Aussies wrapped up an innings victory over Pakistan at the Gabba, that he has a long memory.

Tim Paine and Virat Kohli had a history of bad blood between them. Pic: Getty
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli had a history of bad blood between them. Pic: Getty

With India set to tour Australia again next year, Paine was asked if he would like the Gabba, the traditional host of the summer's first Test, to kick things off again.

The skipper's answer was telling.

"We'll certainly try (to have the first Test at the Gabba) and we'll have to run that by Virat (Kohli)," Paine told reporters.

"That’s where we like to start our summer, as has been the case for a long, long time.

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"As I said, we will ask Virat and see if we can get his permission to play here – maybe even get a pink-ball Test if he's in a good mood. We will have to wait and see."

Paine's pointed dig drew plenty of laughs from the media gathered at the press conference, following Australia's super victory over Pakistan.

A Gabba clash between the two powerhouses, especially under lights, is a mouth-watering proposition that would pit Australia's elite pace bowling cartel against Kohli and Indian quick Jasprit Bumrah against Steve Smith.

The Gabba faces stiff opposition for an India Test given the improvements of the Adelaide Oval, Perth's new Optus Stadium and the traditional Tests in Sydney and Melbourne. There will be a one-off Test against Afghanistan.

But Paine is staunchly in Brisbane's corner given Australia's incredible record at the venue.

"Australian teams have bowled and batted well here for a long time," he said.

Tim Paine celebrates with his side after a big first Test win over Pakistan. Pic: Getty
Tim Paine celebrates with his side after a big first Test win over Pakistan. Pic: Getty

"Having said that, it doesn't win us games of cricket. The reason we win games of cricket at the Gabba is because we outplay our opposition."

There were plenty of empty seats across the four days at the Gabba, but the 45,991 that attended was still the highest figure for a day Test against Pakistan.

India warm to idea of day-night Test

A day-night Test between India and Australia at the Gabba would be well attended, given 78,095 people watched Pakistan almost pull off an unlikely win under lights against Australia at the ground three years ago.

India have just claimed victory in their first pink-ball Test, taking a little over two days to thrash Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in Kolkata.

Curiously, Kohli has warmed to the idea of a pink-ball Test in Adelaide but stressed that it must be under the right circumstances.

"There has to be planning for a pink-ball game," Kohli said, pointing to the struggle of a Bangladesh team whose pink-ball inexperience was laid bare in their comprehensive defeat in Kolkata on Sunday.

"We played on home conditions. You ask Bangladesh and they'd have liked a practice game before this game.

"Just because we know these conditions and our bowlers are bowling so well, we don't really feel the challenge..."

"A good practice game before that and enough time to prepare, we're open to anything. You can't just play it on a short notice."

With AAP