Perth: Australia captain Tim Paine played down the banter between him and India captain Virat Kohli during the second Test at Perth which culminated in the hosts registering an emphatic 146-run victory on Tuesday.

The heated argument reached its zenith when both made physical contact and had to be separated by the umpire.

“I don’t think we did touch to be honest. It got pretty close. It was a highly competitive Test match from both teams. There’s a lot on the line and both teams desperately want to win and sometimes that stuff happens” Paine said in the post-match press conference.

“I love it. I enjoy watching Kohli, I always have. I think he brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of people which is great, and I’m sure it was great to watch.

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“I was really proud of the way our team conducted themselves on the field this week. We definitely will (the Indian team for a beer) after the series. That’s always been the thing that has happened and will always be the case,” he added.

With the series-levelling result at Perth, both teams will head to Melbourne for the third Test which will begin on December 26. The final Test will begin on January 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.