Tim Paine Open To No-Crowd Test Series Against India
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Tim Paine Open To No-Crowd Test Series Against India

Mitchell Starc, Tim Paine, Australia vs India 2018/19
Tim Paine Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Australian captain Tim Paine is open to no-crowd Test series against arch-rivals India. Paine feels crowd or no crowd, it won’t matter once the players get on to the ground. The players will need to get to used to the new guidelines and get on with the game. There is no doubt that it would be a surreal feeling to play behind closed doors but the option of playing in jam packed is quite far in the current Covid-19 era.

Meanwhile, the players are used to playing without much crowd support when they play in the domestic circuit. Thus, the players know what is it like to play without the fans and they will need to make the adjustment. In fact, the quicker players will get used to it, the better it would be for their team.

Virat Kohli (India) vs Tim Paine
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. Image Credit: Google

Tim Paine has led Australia with aplomb

The Test series between India and Australia will begin from December 3 at the Gabba, Brisbane whereas the second Test, which will be pink ball affair will be played at the Adelaide Oval. The third Test is expected to be played at Melbourne.

However, Boxing Day Test can be moved to a different venue as Melbourne has recorded some positive coronavirus cases in the past week. Paine is hopeful that the venue for Boxing Day Test match will remain at the iconic MCG and if the situations improves, they will be able to get the crowd in some numbers.

“I don’t think it (no crowd) should affect anyone. Once you go out there, it very quickly narrows down to what’s happening on the pitch. Most players tend to forget the crowd once they’re in the heat of the battle. So crowd or no crowd, it’ll all boil down to performing and executing your skills better.”

“Certainly from a player’s point of view, we want to be playing in front of big crowds. At the best venues and a big day like Boxing Day is something that everyone looks forward to and a big part of that is playing at the MCG.”

Tim Paine and Virat Kohli
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. Reuters.

It is always an intense battle when Australia and India take on each other and the players are known go hammer and tongs in the series. India had won the series last time by 2-1 and they would look to replicate the same success.

On the other hand, Australia is a better side with Steven Smith and David Warner returning to the squad. No doubt, it is going to be a great series and Tim Paine would like to lead from the front.

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