Hobart Hurricanes to sign Rishabh Pant? This is what George Bailey has to say
India, meanwhile, thrashed the hosts by 137 runs to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.
Updated - Dec 30, 2018 10:53 am
One of the highlights of the recently-concluded third Test between India and Australia was the banter between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine. The Australia skipper had tried every possible ploy to unsettle the youngster when the latter came to the crease in the second innings.
Paine teased Pant by mentioning about MS Dhoni’s inclusion back in the limited-overs side and his exclusion from the ODI side, telling him they could use him at Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, “Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes. They need a batter. Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment. Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids,” Paine had told Pant.
And now former Hobart Hurricanes skipper George Bailey has said that the side could do with Pant in the team. The veteran batsman said that the Hurricanes would be happy to have Pant since they only have six wicketkeepers, “Yeah, we need another wicketkeeper. We’ve only got about six in the squad. That’s a good idea,” said the former Australia skipper as per Cricket.com.au.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018
Pant gives it back to Paine
Pant was quick to return the favour when Paine walked out to bat in the second innings. The youngster called Paine a ‘temporary captain’ as he threw verbal volleys before being stopped by the on-field umpire, “We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads. He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking,” Pant had said from behind the stumps.
India, meanwhile, thrashed the hosts by 137 runs to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. India have now not only taken an unassailable lead but have also retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Chasing an improbable 399, Australia were all out for 261 in the first session of the final day.