Australian coach Tim Paine proved he still had a sense of humor despite a painful day on Friday, firmly responding to a journalist's phone during a live press conference.
The administrator could have been forgiven because he wanted to leave the room as soon as possible after 167 overlays against the mushrooms against India in the fourth Sydney test.
But when a phone on the desk in front of him sounded, he took it and spoke with the reporter's editor at the other end, leaving the media pack in seams.
"Tim Paine," he said. "Who is, I'm sorry, is Katie in Hong Kong, who are you following?"
– Ah Martin, is in the middle of a press conference at this moment. Can I make him call you back?
– Do not worry, tell him to check his emails. Thanks to Katie, "Paine demonstrated before he enjoyed laughing, engaging in a kind of harassment on the field during the four-day series, including a mad sled in the second test in Perth to Murali Vijay about Indian Captain Virat Kohli.
"I know he's your captain, but you can not blame him seriously like a boy," he said. And on the Melbourne Boxing Day test, he suggested the young Indian Indian, Rishabh Pant, to make him babysit for him and his wife.
– Fancy that, Pantsy? Extend your little vacation to Aussie. Can you care for yourself? I'll take his wife to the movies one night and take care of the children. "Despite the open press conference, Paine knows he has a mountain to climb Saturday, India building a massive 622 for seven declared in Sydney.