Australian Test captain Tim Paine to step down from Captaincy, know who will be the next captain.
The Australian test skipper Tim Paine on Thursday threw hints about his captaincy regime and said he will step down from the role if the team manages to win the forthcoming Ashes series in 2021. The current skipper backed Steve Smith for the role change.
The 36-years old Tim Paine was under immense pressure after injury-ravaged India thrashed Australia by 2-1 in the Border Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. Due to multiple injuries, all the prominent test players of India were benched and fresh faces were given test caps. The Indian contingent retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy by 2-1, making a strong comeback after getting wrapped on 36 in the earlier tests.
Paine was handed the test captaincy back in 2018 after Steve Smith was banned from international cricket after his famous ball-tampering scandal. Smith had to sit out for two years following the scandal.
“Obviously I don’t make that decision but the time I played with Steve as captain he was excellent. Certainly tactically he is as good as you get,” Paine was quoted as saying by news.com.au.
“He’s probably a bit like me when I was at the start of my captaincy journey in Tasmania – he was thrown into a very big role at a very, very young age and he probably wasn’t quite ready for it.
“But by the time I came in he was growing into that role and getting better and better. Then obviously (in) South Africa events happened and he’s not doing it anymore. But yeah I would support him getting that job again,” he added.
Tim Paine also threw hints that he might step down from the captaincy role if his side manages to retain the Ashes this year.
“At least another six Tests,” he said referring to the one-off Test against Afghanistan and the five-Test Ashes at home.
“If I feel like the time is right and we’ve beaten the Poms 5-0, what a way to go out. But it might be a tight series and we might be chasing 300 on the last day and I’m 100 not out and hit the winning runs – and then I might go again.”
Paine also explained where it went wrong for the Australians who were completely outplayed by the Indian cricketers in the last Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Talking about the India series, which was held last year, Paine said, “…they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that.”
“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball,” he added referring to all those unspecified sources who claimed that the Indian contingent is reluctant to travel to Brisbane for the final test due to added isolation.
However, there were no reports from the official sources claiming the same. India and Australia locked horns at Gaba, Brisbane for the final test and a series decider. Team India fielded a lot of new faces, who were having just a couple of test experience, however, the grit and resilience shown by the young guns conquered the fortress, Gaba.
India inked the history in Australian soil by retaining the Border Gavaskar Trophy by 2-1 and defeated Australia at Gaba were they were undefeated for last 36 years.