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Tim Paine keen to start India tour at Brisbane with 'Virat's permission'

by Saurabh Sharma Nov 24, 2019 • 23:11 PM

Brisbane, Nov 24: Australia captain Tim Paine said on Sunday that he is keen to play the opening Test against touring India next year-end at The Gabba in Brisbane, possibly a day-night affair.

Paine took a cheeky dig at India captain Virat Kohli while expressing his desire, saying he would take the latter's 'permission' for doing so.

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"We'll certainly try and we'll have to run that by Virat," said Paine, provoking laughter from mediapersons during a press conference at The Gabba after Australia beat Pakistan in the first Test by an innings and 5 runs.

"We'll get an answer from him at some stage I'm sure. This is where (Brisbane) we like to start our summer and it has been so for a long, long time except for last summer.

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

India's last tour of Australia finished with a historic, first ever series victory for Kohli's side. Kohli had earlier said that India would be interested to play a pink ball Test Down Under if his team is allowed to play a practice match in similar conditions.

India on Sunday finished their first ever pink ball Test with an innings victory over Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to complete a 2-0 series whitewash.