IND vs AUS: We will get onto a plan and play in Mumbai – Tim Paine unfazed by uncertainty over 4th Test venue

A Series which was being rated as ‘very friendly’ until India’s emphatic comeback win in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), has been finally marred by off-field controversies. Allegations that India players have breached Covid-19 protocols and that they are reluctant to travel to Brisbane for the 4th Test, have made unnecessary headlines in the last few days. In fact, Queensland shadow ministers have urged India not to come to Brisbane if they are “not ready” to follow protocols.

BCCI has refuted the allegations, India players have tested negative for Covid-19 and Cricket Australia (CA) has quashed the media reports claiming that India are reluctant to play the final Test in Brisbane but Tim Paine still has his “uncertainties”.

Ahead of the third Test match which starts in Sydney from Thursday, Paine has said that India not travelling to Brisbane is a possibility because they hold “a lot of power in world cricket”. However, the 36-year-old added that his team was unfazed by the development and would not even mind boarding a plane for Mumbai and completing the series there.

“A bit of uncertainty because when you hear things like that coming particularly from India, which holds a lot of power in world cricket, it’s likely that it could happen.

“It will be fascinating not just from cricketing point of view but also the tension boiling under the surface with lot of unnamed sources coming out from their camp as to where they are going to play their fourth Test, where they don’t want to go ….So let’s see how it goes,” the Australian skipper said.

“For us, we just want to be clear on this Test match, we know the protocols and we know what’s expected of us, we will focus on that this week and then whatever happens next week happens and we will adapt to it.

“We are not too fussed as to where the Test is being played and we couldn’t care less if you rang up and said that it’s in Mumbai. We will get onto a plan and we will go and play,” said Paine during virtual media interaction on Wednesday.

Further, Paine played down the question, when asked if the off-field controversies could affect Team India.

“I am not very sure and you will have to ask the Indian guys. It hasn’t affected us and we have spoken about it again. This year the protocols are different and you don’t know whether other teams are breaching or not, we can’t control. We can control how we go about it.”

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