Tim Paine has expressed his disdain for the way in which a number of Australian cricket greats celebrated the West Indies' historic win at the Gabba on Sunday. Shamar Joseph took seven wickets in the second innings as the Windies won by eight runs - their first victory in a Test match in Australia since 1997.
Pat Cummins was full of praise for Joseph and the West Indies, with the majority of the cricket word happy to see the fallen giants getting back to winning ways. The Windies were a formidable force in the 80s and 90s, but have fallen away dramatically in the last two decades.
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Speaking on SEN radio on Monday morning, Paine said he didn't like seeing former Australia players celebrating an Aussie loss no matter how good it is for world cricket for the Windies to be competitive. Most notably, Adam Gilchrist could be seen hugging West Indies legend Brian Lara in the Fox Cricket commentary box and lapping up the tourists' celebrations with a huge smile on his face.
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"I get it from a fan’s point of view," former Test captain Paine said. "It annoys me when I hear past players commentating and almost barracking. I find that really hard to listen to.
“It was awesome for the West Indies. It was not great for Australia. It wasn’t a great performance. I just don’t like it. It makes me uncomfortable. Why are you barracking against your team? That you played in?”
Gilchrist appeared to get swept up in the moment as Lara celebrated his nation's historic win and appeared to be on the verge of tears. Past players who have turned to commentary are often accused of being biased, but Gilchrist may have gone too far the other way.
Ian Healy not happy with Pat Cummins' reaction
Fellow wicket-keeper Ian Healy also didn't respond well to the level of praise that Cummins had for the Windies. Healy said he would have preferred Cummins to focus on his team's performance and why they lost.
"I wasn’t that happy with Pat Cummins and how he dealt with it,” Healy said. “He’s a bit too glowing of the West Indies. I like that bit, but I don’t think he’s paying enough attention to his side’s underachievement.
“Do you reckon they played brilliantly? We only had to chase 216, that means they didn’t play brilliantly until the last day. Australia let them into that match big time. Hopefully there was a question after that that got (Cummins’) mind and his thinking on his own team, because that wasn’t good enough.”
To be fair, Cummins was critical of his batters and said some of them would have been unhappy with how they got out. "You've got to find a way to get yourself into your innings and I'm sure a couple of batters will look at a couple of ways they were dismissed," Cummins said.
"They outplayed us, they played brilliantly. There was a lot of the talk coming in about their debutants ... but they've created a couple of new superstars we didn't know about. As a cricket fan, a Test match cricket fan, there's a part of me that was happy to watch."
Cummins also swapped shirts with Joseph after the match in a classy gesture, while a number of the Aussie players were seen applauding the 24-year-old as he lapped up the post-match celebrations. Former Australia coach and opener Justin Langer was also seen offering batting advice to some of the West Indies batters during the match - a gesture that seemingly backfired.
West Indies registered their historic win against Australia in Gabba after Justin Langer shared some valuable tips.
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