Not much has gone Tim Paine’s way since he was appointed the captain after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. And the ongoing series against India at home has perhaps more or less proved it that he is struggling to lead the team. Paine is now standing on the verge of creating a dubious record – the first Australia skipper to lose a Test series against India at home.
The series began with India winning the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs. It was India’s first Test win Down Under since 2008. The hosts then bounced back in style to win the second Test in Perth. The win was Australia’s first under Paine’s captaincy. But just a couple of weeks later, Paine and his teammates were given a reality check by the world number one Test side in Melbourne. India throughly dominated the game to dismantle Australia by 137 runs to take an unassailable lead in the series. As a result of the win, India also retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Australia are now looking set for a poor result in the ongoing fourth Test in Sydney too. But amidst these tough times, Paine has showed that he knows how to deal with tough situations. When he addressed the media at the end of the day two, Australia were under immense pressure after conceding 622 for 7. However, Paine shared a light moment with the media when he answered a reporter’s phone in the middle of the press conference.
And while Paine is receiving praise from all over for the light-hearted moment in tough times, former England skipper Michael Vaughan sees the other side of the story.
The Ashes-winning skipper took to Twitter to share his opinion on the matter, saying:
“I like Tim Paine a lot and have a huge amount of respect for the way he is going about his business .. But you know your team are struggling when you are getting praised for answering a phone on a press conference “
I like Tim Paine a lot and have a huge amount of respect for the way he is going about his business .. But you know your team are struggling when you are getting praised for answering a phone on a press conference .. #JustSaying
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 4, 2019