Perth: India captain Virat Kohli maintained that the on-field banter between him and his Australian counterpart Tim Paine had no swearing and neither of them engaged in any personal attacks during the second Test at Perth which the hosts won by 146 runs to level the four-match series.

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Such was the exchange between Kohli and Paine that umpire Chris Gaffaney had to step in on the fourth morning on Monday. “As long as there is no swearing on the field, and there’s no personal attacks, the line doesn’t get crossed. That’s it! Kohli said at the post-match press conference on Tuesday.

“But look, in competitive spirit it stays on the field. I am not going to go into details but to be honest it’s not of importance for me to speak on and it’s something that’s done,” he said.