Australia A vs India A lead in 3 Day Match Vital for Adelaide First Test Build Up

Tim Paine will lead Australia A along with other senior players Travis Head and Joe Burns from tomorrow (Sunday Dec 6).

The match is a vital 3 day warm up in Sydney with test opener David Warner injured, Australia A opener Will Pucovski and Joe Burns will open the batting.

Tim Paine test skipper turns 36 this week during Australia A match

Test off spinner Nathan Lyon has been called into the Australian T20 team and will not play the Australia A match. Lyon joins Adam Zampa and Mitch Swepson in the squad.

Tim Paine will be turning 36 on Tuesday during on the last day of the Australia A clash. Tim Paine Cricket website will have live coverage from the ground on Sunday and the first test at the Adelaide Oval from December 17

Travis Head (left) keen for runs in Australia A match before the opening test at the Adelaide Oval his home ground.

Test Summer 3 and half weeks away. Will Adelaide Host 1st Test Who Opens batting ?

With the Adelaide day/night Test match starting in just over weeks and South Australia and Adelaide currently in some end of lock down period it appears that the Adelaide Oval test may yet go ahead.

MCG, Gabba in Brisbane and SCG have all been mentioned as possible venues to host the 1st test. Gabba would seem the logical choice given Australia’s success rate at the ground not losing a test since 1988.

CA will need to confirm the venue shortly if they want to have a wicket prepared and people from media, travelling public know which venue they are heading in a few weeks time.

Test opener Joe Burns is seen as a key opener and likely to retain his opening combination with David Warner. Victoria opener Will Pucvoski scoring back to back double centuries in the opening round of Sheffield Shield cricket.

Test captain Tim Paine and head coach Justin Langer both backing the Burns Warner partnership over the last few test summers to continue at least to begin the test series from mid December.

The limited overs series starts at the SCG from next weekend before the Test series on December 17 and venue to be confirmed shortly.

6 Weeks To Australia vs India Tests. Final Sheffield Shield round matches

With the Australia vs India test series just under 6 weeks away from starting in Adelaide on December 17. There is only one round of shield cricket remaining unless cricket Australia update the current draw with 4th round matches starting today (Sunday November 8) unless a updated shield draw is shortly released.

The Big Bash is due to start December 10 and with limited overs series of matches starting on November 27 at the SCG that leaves many weeks of little or almost no cricket for test only players like skipper Tim Paine and the highly experienced Nathan Lyon.

With Covid19 causing issues for match schedules CA have been blaming governments such as QLD for the impacts of updating the India tour that was first released in late May.

The highly anticipated test series with India will be a very interesting one starting with the day/night Adelaide pink ball test match in mid December.

Tim Paine Will lead Australia in his 4th test series with India this summer.

Players in line for test selection have been in pleasing form in the Adelaide Shield only matches. Will Pucovski changing to a opening batter after starting out his early first class career as a middle order player Scored an outstanding 250 along with fellow Victoria opener Marcus Harris.

Travis Head has scored back to back hundreds for South Australia and is in excellent form.

A big summer ahead with players like Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins unlikely to play more than a tour match or just limited overs matches against India leading into the 4 match test series.

More to come

Summer Test Schedule Released For 4 India Test Series

The Australian Test summer is released and gives Tim Paines test team 6 weeks to prepare for the day night Adelaide test starting on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval in what will be India’s first day night pink ball test vs Australia.

Tim Paine will captain Australia in his 3rd home season as test skipper and 2nd time hosting India

1st Test Adelaide Oval Dec 17 to Dec 21

2nd Test MCG Boxing Day Dec 26 to Dec 30

3rd Test SCG Jan 7-11

4th Test Gabba, Brisbane Jan 15-19

Tim Paine Starts Home Summer with a 100 in Sheffield Shield

A 3rd first class hundred for Tim Paine but it’s so much more

Australian test captain Tim Paine scored a fine century for Tasmania to start the Sheffield Shield season in Adelaide.

Despite having hip and leg issues before the start of the summer after many many months of running around his home town of Hobart and some training Paine hit the gaps nicely finding many boundaries particularly off leg spinner Loyd Pope including a 6 over mid wicket to take his score from 54 to 60.

Tim Paine was exceptional in his driving of Chad Sayers the SA fast bowler as he scored 111 not out

The innings was particularly impressive in his pull shots and driving through the covers and straight down the ground.

Good signs for Australia leading into the test summer. The 1st test starts around December 17 in Adelaide.

More to come

Test Summer Schedule For Tim Paine’s Australian side soon to be Revealed.

Cricket Australia are soon to release the cricket international schedule with the summers test series with India highly likely to begin in Adelaide on December 17 with a day night test that has been a highlight.

The Summers test schedule has been delayed for 5 months after CA rushed to release a early season draw. The delay has caused confusion for Justin Langer and his Australian coached test and limited overs sides who have no dates confirmed for the entire summer. It is hard to believe on October 17 that the draw has not come. This does make it challenging for test players like Tim Paine and Travis Head who are captain and vice captain of the national test team and find themselves playing Sheffield Shield cricket in parks outside Adelaide and not able to play at the Adelaide Oval as test players should be entitled to the build up to a home test series.

The Australian test team in late 2019 have played just one test so far in 2020

The Test schedule should be confirmed by the end of October with the Boxing Day test up in the air but likely to be played at MCG with limited crowds due to Covid.

Test Skipper Tim Paine

Adelaide Test likely to be Dec 17 to Dec 21

Boxing Day Test Dec 26 to Dec 30

Sydney Pink Test SCG Jan 3 to Jan 7

Gabba Test Mid Jan no confirmed dates

More to come

Is Test Cricket Being over looked in 2020 by Cricket Australia Schedule.

2020 has been a year of great challenges for many given Covid19. It has seen people lose a lot in life and taken many lives around the world.

It is no doubt very challenging for all businesses and sports but it’s about finding ways to be flexible and help sport find its feet. In 2020 Cricket Australia have had their challenges mainly questions around the boe scraped world T20 that was scheduled for this year.

That tournament was canceled back in early August leaving CA with opportunity to think about playing test cricket. In June 2021 sees the end of the test world championship which sees tests in every series worth points.

Given Australia May play only 3 or 4 test matches in the calendar year for 2020 (SCG pink test being the last over 9 months ago) this makes it very hard for Tim Paine and his Australian team.

Test Cricket in 2019. Something Australia has only done once so far in 2020.

Having recently spoken to coach Justin Langer about some of the schedule issues their is no doubt that CA who as the cricket board in the country could have done more to play tests in locations such as New Zealand in 2020 something that CA failed to arrange.

Given how close NZ is to travel to this mistake to. NZ is only 3 hours flight from Sydney or Brisbane and playing even 2 extra test matches could have saved Australia and ensured they make next June’s final.

The Indian test series is still yet to be confirmed and given the uncertainty in Melbourne could be 3 weeks away from venues confirmed for the expected mid December start date in Adelaide or Brisbane.

The Sheffield Shield and state one day competitions are yet to have confirmed start dates. Since 2013 the state matches have started in September. 2020 will see the latest start to a home summer in decades and the most disorganised.

Cricket Australia need to get moving it’s now September 20. People want to plan their summer.

Tim Paine is Australian crickets Long Term Leader and His Team Mates Adore Him

Tim Paine is a credit to Australian cricket current Australian Head coach Justin Langer who calls him “One of Australian crickets most important players” while Former Australian batter and Captain Ricky Ponting has called Paine a long term leader after doing so well.

A lot of praise for most judges and last summer it was such a shame to see a player who I have no time for question Australian team not just Paine. That ex player has lost my respect for his sudden crap then this season backs Paine after being proven wrong.

In 2019 the Australian test team won 7 test matches at home a record rarely matched in 12 months even in Australia strong teams over the last 20 years that result is outstanding plus winning 2 tests in the Ashes in England.

In 2019 our website admin Dan Stapleton attended many test matches and Australian training sessions. This sport and Australian cricket need more people to write and cover the sport with passion. Tim Paines story is one to follow.

Australian cricket is full of positivity thanks to the test captain and the amazing team of players he has.

Tim Paine – Australia Winning Again. Test Captain Leading Well

Australia enjoying success as a team again.

Tim Paine Australian test captain for 19 months, has played 28 test matches for Australia. 24 of those have come since his return to test cricket on November 23 2017, his remarkable Ashes return.

Paine is a great wicket keeper able to catch most deliveries and chances despite having finger problems over the years Paine has always “toughed” things out and plays through the Pain barrier.

Highly rated wicket keepers Brad Haddin, Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy have all recently and over the years worked with Paine. There is no reason why wicket keepers cannot be captains and successful leaders.

I compare Paine to Allan Border a great leader for Australia in the 1980s who was tough and strong as any Australian test captain as ever been. A fighter who would lead the team.

wicket keeping is about catching the ball and working well with you’re bowlers Paine is often interacting and speaking with the bowlers. I have no issue with him having Steve Smith, David Warner or Nathan Lyon helping with suggestions cricket is a team sport and the recent success in the Pakistan series reminds us of this.

Paine in Adelaide after Australia’s win over Pakistan

Australia has won 4 home tests and 2 Ashes tests away from home in 2019. A highly successful year given the challenges of the return of Warner and Smith.

I am not interested in DRS appeals to me the umpiring is up to umpires and the 3rd umpire players are busy enough playing test cricket not worrying about umpires.

Australian players are concerned about winning matches of cricket taking on the worlds best players to the best of their ability. Paine and the Australian players are all performing to their best ability as long as Australia keep improving and doing well off the field the team need and want Paine to lead.

Australia Bowl Pak out for 240 After Excellent last 2 sessions of Day 1 at the Gabba

Tim Paines Australian test team bowled first after Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat on what appears an excellent batting wicket.

Australia took Pak out for 240 after Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and spinner Nathan Lyon all took wickets.

Tim Paine in test jacket
David Warner makes his Aust test return
Great day for Aust Pak all out 240

Australia vs Pakistan 1st Test Gabba From Thursday

Australia vs Pakistan live from the Gabba on Thursday our web admin will have full coverage from the ground with match reports and photos.

The Gabba returns as the first test venue for the Australian summer after last season hosting a test match over the Australia Day long weekend which attracted unfortunately a very small crowd over the 3 days of the test match which Australia won easily.

Australia enjoys the Gabba and our cricket coverage is very supportive and encouraging Australian cricket under Tim Paine, Travis Head and Pat Cummins. We understand responsibility of match reporting and always find positives in any test match or match that Australia plays.

Australia set to play their opening test match of the Australian summer.

Tim Paine 9 years Since a Gabba Nightmare in T20 Returns as Test Captain

Article By Dan Stapleton

9 years since Tim Paine smashed his finger so badly after a T20 at the Gabba when Paine was opening the batting for the all stars team against an Australian side that included left arm fast bowler Dirk Nannes.

Paine was out for 2 years after that match despite playing a few T20s for Tasmania soon after and Paine had gone from 6 months earlier making his test debut at Lords in a test match against Pakistan.

Tim Paine Australian crickets Incredible test captain 9 years after smashing his finger and requiring finger and hip surgery that would end most players careers and days

Paine was in a very bad state mentally at that time after the finger break he became very frustrated at a young age of 25 he required finger surgery and 8 operations none of which were successful then he had another operation on his hip which required taking part of his hip and putting it into his finger.

Having known Paine for years personally his attitude to never give up and get back to play for Australia as so famously did in 2017 was no easy task. The well documented story about Dan Marsh the coach who almost cost Tims career to his close friendship with former Hurricanes coach and Tasmania coach Damien Wright is extraordinary.

People like myself who had a few times of questions at Tasmania Cricket admin, Justin Langer, Darren Lehmann and Ricky Ponting as coaches and mates of Paines helped rescue his test career.

Paine is one if the few Australian cricketers to captain Australia as a ODI, Test Cricket wicket keeper and the amazing story of never giving up is truely one of the man who is very determined. He looks young in the face but Tims toughness is best described by Ponting and Langer who both call him “ the toughest pretty boy they know”

Paine still playing 9 years later is remarkable considering the toll his body has taken but he’s incredibly fit and speeds hours in the gym and looks fitter than almost anyone cricket has ever seen.

This week we had to Brisbane to see more of Tim Paines Australian team in action full coverage vas the extraordinary career of Painey continues.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine batting hip injuries and finger injuries been counted by incredible work ethic and helped by compression tights which he plays in these days.

Tim Paine Leads Australia vs Pakistan with Travis Head Returning

Australian test captain Tim Paine will play a 3rd Australian home summer as test wicket keeper after being named as test captain for the 2 test series with Pakistan starting next week at the Gabba before a day night test match at the Adelaide Oval

Travis Head and Tim Paine leaders

Steve Smith and David Warner will play their first test series after being picked

Steve Smith big time player for Australia

More to come as we head to Brisbane for the test match next week

Cricket Needs More Test Cricket – Tim Paine to Lead this Summer

Australia face 5 test matches at home in 2019/2020 season before the biggest period of T20 Internationals ever seen in 6 months Australia have no test matches after the SCG test match against New Zealand.

Cricket Australia are going all out on T20 cricket how about the test championship playing only 2 test matches in 2020 Australia are likely to play the fewest ever tests in Australian cricket history. That’s Australian cricket history.

No test tours to New Zealand or West Indies In 2020 Cricket Australia in my view over looking the most important format.

Tim Paine Australian test captain faces only 4 test matches in 2020.

The Incredible Rise of Tim Paine. Talented Player who Became Australian Test Captain

Australian Test Captains are some of biggest names in Australian cricket history. Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke are all the recent long serving test captains of the last 25 years. All of the above players enjoyed long careers and a leafs had selection in their state sides almost certain.

Australia’s current test captain Tim Paine is the only Australian test captain to ever be almost forgotten and treated so poorly by a state head coach (Dan Marsh) that Australian selectors and Australian Head coaches had to rescue his career. If it wasn’t for Justin Langer in early 2017 who picked Paine at the time to be the wicket keeper for the Australian T20 team in a home series against Sri Lanka and Darren Lehmann who later picked Paine as the Ashes wicket keeper for the home series in 17/18 then Paine could have likely never captained Australia.

Tim Paine In 2019 is Australian Test Captain.

It is incredible that the son of Rod Marsh one of Australian crickets smartest and most respected wicket keepers of all time son Dan Marsh who was a very limited ability cricketer that played for Tasmania saw almost no talent in Tim Paine when he was coach in 2015. It’s incredible! An Australian test captain that his state coach had no idea about his obvious talent and ability.

It’s likely Dan Marsh is one of the poorest coaches in Australian sporting history having over looked Paine for almost 2 years before the heartless coach was sacked in 2017 by Nick Cummins at Tasmania. Marsh made questionable calls and in my view he was out of line.

It should also be said that in 2014 after the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes at the SCG when Australian cricket was experiencing its most upsetting and tragic moment that days after Dan Marsh told Paine “he was not doing enough for Tasmania and needed a rest” days after Hughes had died when most players were understandably highly upset.

Tim Paine has a while to go Yet As Australian test captain and he has the ability to lead and inspire

The Tim Paine story is incredible it shows that Australian cricket has identified Australian cricketers early as Paine was when he debuted for Australia in 2009 in ODI cricket and test cricket in 2010. He was injured in 2010 and given great support by now Australian coach Langer and Tim Nielsen who was head coach in 2010 during Paines early days in green and gold.

The sad thing for Australian cricket is the lack of ability from a coach like Marsh who had no idea about the talent of Paine I really hope we don’t see it happen again but thankfully Paine is currently Australian test captain doing an outstanding job top of the pack.

Australian cricket has exciting times ahead under Langer and Paine who are brilliantly supported by Steve Smith, David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc all great players in their roles who understand each other.

Paine on the rise again with Australian cricket. Big Summer ahead and exciting times.

Mitch Starc and Steve Smith Star in Sydney as Tim Paines Australian test side settle

The highlight for more on Day 2 was seeing Tim Paine chat to Mitch Starc, Australian fast bowler and team mate before they took to the field on Day 2 in Sydney of the Sheffield Shield.

Tim Paine seen with Mitch Starc in Sydney today before NSW vs Tas in the lead up to Australian test summer.

Steve Smith scored a very patient 102 after batting almost all day on a very testing wicket and good bowling from Sam Rainbird and Riley helping Tasmania slow down the run rate after David Warner was well caught by Tim Paine off Rainbird for 1 in the 4th over.

NSW will start Day 3 with a 7 run lead and Steve Smith to continue having passed yet another century. This time in his first match for NSW in Sydney for 2 summers.

Australia Pakistan in 4 weeks time from this Thursday at the Gabba from November 21.

Tim Paine Batting into Day 2 After NSW on Top of Paines Tasmania after Day 1 of Sheffield Shield

Tim Paine is 9 not out with Tasmania 6/258 at stumps on Day 1 of the match at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

Mitch Starc took the wickets of Matt Wade and Caleb Jewell with some nice cutting delivers on a very flat wicket at what is very much a grade cricket ground after the match was moved from the famous SCG.

The NRL has been blamed with the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm playing a semi final 3 weeks ago at the SCG. Sadly for cricket the ground cannot currently be used.

Tim Paine and his Tas team warm up on Day 1 at Drummoyne (note the white skins on Australian keeper and skipper)

Tim comes out to bat.

The match on the weekend is big for Paine, David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc and Nathan Lyon in particular as they continue to push for early season form ahead of the Gabba test match in November with Pakistan.

NSW and Tasmania Match Moved from SCG Tim Paine Plays in Sydney This Weekend

Australian test captain Tim Paine and other Australian players including Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitch Starc and Matthew Wade all were lined up and ready for the Sydney Cricket Ground the all important Sheffield shield match starting on Friday.

Tim Paine and Others looking to continue build up to Test Summer

Sadly the venue cannot be used because Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia failed to check the SCG ground conditions last week and now Paine and Australian test cricketers have to play at a yet to be confirmed venue. Disappointing for everyone but the players will have to do their best after being let down by Administrators in cricket who blame rugby league for the grounds condition.

Australia play Pakistan in 2 test matches in November at the Gabba and Adelaide Oval. Full coverage on our website from the grounds.

Tim Paine Century at the WACA For Australian Test Captain

Tim Paine Australian Captain

Tim Paine scored a century at the WACA ground in Perth for Tasmania but more than proved how talented he is yet again as Australian captain.

6 catches 121 not out Tim Paine yet again proves his experience for Tas and reminds everyone how a 34 year old who has 12 years 1st class experience is needed to be long term Australian Captain.

Excellent start to the Australian summer before the home tests with Pakistan at the Gabba and Adelaide Oval.

Tim Paine Nominated for “The Don” Award After 18 Excellent Months As Test Skipper

Tim Paine is nominated for the “The Don” award which is named obviously after Sir Donald Bradman but the award is not for the best player, it instead recognisers the Australian sporting team over the last year that has had the capacity to most inspire the nation.

Paine as test skipper has enjoyed a very successful period having become the first Australian Test captain since Steve Waugh in 2001 to retain the Ashes in the UK after the 2 all series result in the recently completed Ashes in series in September this year.

Paine took over the captaincy from Steve Smith in April 2018 after the infamous Cape Town Test match that saw Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft sent home and banned for up to 12 months each.

It was a very testing time for the Australian test team and also saw Justin Langer replace the highly popular Darren Lehmann as Australian Head coach.

Paine introduced the hand shake with the opponent before each test series which he did in the test series with Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and England.

Success in UK Ashes Series

Paine will lead Australia in the test series against Pakistan in November and December and New Zealand in December and January.

Tim Paine Aiming to Return From Injury Ahead of Home Test Series with Pakistan in November

Australian test captain Tim Paine is expected to play for Tasmania in 12 days time at the SCG in the 2nd round of the Sheffield Shield against NSW.

Paine broke his thumb in the 5th Ashes Test Match at the Oval 3 weeks ago. Paine is hoping to return this week in the opening Shield match in Perth from this coming Thursday October 10 against WA at the WACA in Perth.

Tim Paine Australian Test Captain and Wicket keeper

Australia play their opening Test Match against Pakistan at the Gabba from November 21 (Day test) before the 2nd Test at the Adelaide Oval from November 28 (Day night test match)

Tim Paine to Play On and Lead Australia

Australian Captain Tim Paine has had a very successful period as leader not many Australian or test cricketers from any country have quite had a career like the highly admired Wicket Keeper captain from Hobart.

Tim Paine lifted the urn after the Ashes tour of the UK.

Unfairly critical comments have come Tim Paine’s way from some very limited and extremely valued judges but Paine is the first captain since the great Steve Waugh in 2001 who led Australia to a famous Ashes victory in the Uk.

Paine is a good leader who has done well since taking over in the most uncomfortable test match ever in April 2018 days after the Cape Town mistakes from senior players. People have unfairly blamed Steve Smith and David Warner for the amazing events of that 4 test South African series.

Since that time Paine has led Australia to 2 over seas test tours One a short 2 test series against Pakistan in September and October 2018, which Australia unlucky to lose 1-0 in the head of the UAE. The other was the incredibly tough series draw in the just completed 5 test match series in the UK.

Paine had to face England crowds who harshly booed Steve Smith and David Warner to of the finest players to tour the UK this century and perhaps of all time. Both in their 3rd tours of the UK. The affect it has on the team was one of remarkable judgment there was not much Coach Justin Langer could do as he said when asked by the UK press Langer just shook his head and said crowd reactions are outside Australian teams and players individual control.

The more disappointing thing to me is that people in cricket have under estimated Tim Paines role and contribution as leader since that incredible Cape Town Test in March Last year.

Paine is a very fit man who at almost 35 has endured many broken fingers, thumbs and even hip injuries that require constant treatment and the need to play test matches in Compression skins tights something that is not easy on any player now or in the future.

Paine will this coming season rest from the Big Bash League (BBL) and not play for his beloved Hobart Hurricanes in effort to be fully fit and committed to playing and leading the Australian Test team in the 2 home test series against Pakistan and New Zealand to play played from November 21 at the Gabba.

Play on Tim Paine Australia needs you to lead.