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Tim Paine fined for rant at umpire, handed demerit point
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Tim Paine fined for rant at umpire, handed demerit point

Australia skipper Tim Paine has copped a fine for losing his temper and swearing at umpire Paul Wilson during the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The incident in question took place in the 56th over India's first innings on Saturday when a DRS review went against the home side.

A lobbed up delivery from Nathan Lyon turned past Cheteshwar Pujara's defensive prod to deflect off his pad to the fielder positioned on short leg. However, the closeness of the bat and pad prompted the Aussies to review the not-out verdict.

The hot spot and snicko technology did not reveal conclusive evidence to send Pujara back to the pavilion resulting in a wasted review for Australia.

Annoyed by this series of events, Paine resorted to a nasty mark directed at Wilson. "Where's the f***ing consistency, Blocker?", asked Paine. Blocker is Wilson's nickname and the offensive comment was reported to match referee David Boon.

"Australia captain Tim Paine has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day of the third Test against India in Sydney," the ICC informed in a statement.

Paine could have been punished more harshly but he admitted the offence and was additionally given one demerit point.

The accruement of four or more demerit points within a period of two years leads to suspension points and consequently a ban.