Australian Test captain Tim Paine is unsure about his cricket future. While he believes that the present home summer may be his last summer, he can also continue his cricket if he feels good physically and mentally.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine was almost quitting the professional cricket in 2017 but got a call-up in Test cricket after seven years during the home Ashes. Earlier in that same year (2017), he also earned the T20I call-up, which was his first international interaction since April 2011. Though Paine didn’t get much success in T20I return, he has shown his positive intention in Test cricket.
Later, in March 2018, Australian cricket rapidly changed due to the Sandpapergate scandal. Apart from Cameron Bancroft, then captain Steven Smith and then vice-captain David Warner had been suspended for their involvement in ball-tampering during that Cape Town Test. While it was a challenging time for Australia as they were facing the lack of leaders, Tim Paine surprisingly got the captaincy roles in Test and ODI cricket.
Though Tim Paine’s ODI captaincy ran for only one complete bilateral series against the hosts England, he impressed with his Test captaincy. During his captaincy, India first time ever won a Test series in Australia, but the selectors and team management still supported him hugely. The main reason for that strong support on him was his successful guidance to regain the strong Australian character in cricket along with the positive global support.
The entire Australians faith have recently paid back as finally, Australia have brought back the Ashes trophy from England. Since 2001, it was the first time when Australia have returned home from England with the Ashes trophy and Tim Paine-led Australia made that dream possible. However, the Ashes 2019 ended with the 2-2 scoreline but the Australians are still very happy.
I’m scoring enough runs and keeping well enough then I’d like to continue – Tim Paine
Australia have already started their new home summer through the T20I format. Now, from this Thursday (21st November), they will begin the home Test summer under Tim Paine’s captaincy.
In less than one month, Tim Paine will be the 35-year-old and he doesn’t want to think much about his future. While he may end his career at the end of this summer, he can also continue it if he remains fit physically and mentally.
Tim Paine said, “It might be (my last summer), I’m not too sure. But… I’m enjoying doing it. I feel good physically (and) mentally. So while that continues, I’m scoring enough runs and keeping well enough then I’d like to continue.
“I know when you get to my age that can change really quickly. I’m really looking forward to this summer, beyond that I haven’t looked too far. I know what I want to do and what I want to achieve.
“I think when you’re the Australian captain and the Australian keeper, they’re two of the most critiqued roles in Australian sport and at the moment I have to hold them both. I know I’m going to be in the crosshairs for people all the time.”
Australian Test captain spoke about their present goals
The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-21) started from Ashes 2019. At present, the no.1-ranked Test team India are leading the Test Championship with 300 points as they have won all their six matches of this competition. New Zealand and Sri Lanka are in the second and third position respectively with 60 points each. Australia and England are in the next two positions respectively with 56 points each.
Australia are currently the fifth-ranked Test side. Test captain Tim Paine wants to see Australia on top of the Test rankings as well as winning the Test Championship.
Talking about this, Paine said, “Our goal is to get back to that number one ranking and we want to win that Test Championship. To do that we’re going to have to be good enough to win in India and we’re going to have to be good enough to beat everyone, everywhere.
“It’s the only way we’re going to get to where we want to get to. It’s an exciting period and I’m looking forward to being part of the start of that and there is no endpoint at the moment.”