Tim Paine is our new favourite Australian.
Paine has come under fire from across the cricket world after his stunning decision to declare Australia's innings with David Warner stranded not out on 335.
Cricket legends, including Aussie test great Brett Lee, have questioned Paine's decision to put Pakistan in before the dinner break.
Others have declared Paine's decision to deny Warner and viewers a chance of seeing Brian Lara's immortal 400-run milestone fall is enough for Paine to be "sacked".
Warner walked off the Adelaide Oval as a history-maker, unbeaten on 335 from 418 balls.
The 33-year-old looked invincible as he climbed towards 350, but Paine called the opener and Matt Wade back to the dressing rooms with the Aussies in the commanding position of 3/589 declared.
It is now the fourth highest unbeaten score in the history of test cricket and the 10th highest score in test cricket.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission