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.

Australia Need 8 Wickets to Win Ashes Love and Embrace Australian Team

Australia needs 8 wickets to win if you cannot love a team that is on the verge of a famous win then you need to seek a happy smile in your life.

Australia has a legend in Tim Paine he has done a great job in his captaincy watch the last 6 days of the scheduled Ashes and enjoy it. No more negativity positive love and embrace of an incredible Australian victory.

Winning Team Australian Cricket.

Tim Paine Leading Australia As Captain Wicket Keeper Not As Umpire

Australian Test captain Tim Paine like his 10 team mates in the current Old Trafford 4th Ashes Test Match his job and main function is to play test cricket. He has to set fields. Pick bowlers to open and when to change them as the days and sessions and overs pass by.

Cricket and test cricket in particular as a major problem and it’s called umpiring and lack of high standard and world class Test match umpires. The current DRS system or captain challenge is a total failure for the International Cricket Council (ICC) the captain of each test team and bowler along with the slips, gully, point and in field should not have to challenge every close umpiring call the system has been failing for at least 5 years as the reviews have challenged a number of times currently 2 successful challengers per innings per side. If a captain and his team get a challenge wrong they lose a review.

The total crazy thing is Tim Paine and his men are trying to get 20 wickets in each test match he or Joe Root of England should not have to challenge or question umpires. Not only does it make players challenge umpires it also has a very negative impact on player and umpire relations as test cricket can see players get rightfully upset and annoyed at poor umpiring.

Australia should just play cricket and look t score runs or take catches and wickets. Leave the umpire to check for LBWs or run outs and Stumpings and catches that may be out or not out. Cricket looks messy currently because of poor umpiring and the players are not to blame for incorrect decisions. Test cricket is becoming a lottery and that is never the way it should be. Test cricket is about bat vs ball and skill and accuracy.

Steve Smith Master and Tim Paine Magic Has Australia on Top in the Ashes 4th Test Match

Australia excel in Old Trafford Manchester as Steve Smith Leads Australia with an epic 211 on Day 2. Australian Captain Tim Paine supported Smith brilliantly with an excellent 58.

Paine had been very unfairly criticised by many recently but he showed his class on Day 2 of this test hitting the ball straighter and putting the bad ball away with his lovely timing of the pull, hook and cut shots. His innings was Paines highest as test captain since the South Africa tour in April 2018 when taking over the captaincy.

Tim Paine Excellent Captain Leading Australia In the current Ashes Series

Steve Smith is the modern master for Australia he and Paine both debuted at Lords in July 2010 and have held a close mateship ever since. Both amazingly ended up as Australian Test captains.

Australia close to retaining the urn as rain delays the start to Day 3 in Manchester.

Tim Paine An Understanding of His Australian Captaincy

Tim Paine was handed the Australian captaincy after the Cape Town Test match last year which resulted in then Captain Steve Smith being given an extremely harsh suspension from Cricket Australia. 2 years with out being able to captain. CA also cost Australia their 2 best batters, if not players for 12 months when Smith and the highly successful and match winning opener in David Warner.

Tim Paine was the man given the captaincy called into meetings at short notice Paine gave Australia great hope in the next year match in Johannesburg in early April. Days after taking over from Smith, sent home early with Cameron Bancroft and Warner all who just made a mistake.

Paine is not the best player of all time and he openly acknowledges that he is a very reliable steady leader someone Australian cricket has needed over the last 18 months Australia has performed exceptionally well.

Any team that missed its star players over a home summer would struggle. It disappointing to me that a former player who hardly played test cricket and none in recent times would be so critical of Paine and Australian cricket over the summer. Ed Cowan is very critical and to me he is out of line in his comments on many Australian players. Paine and Travis Head the vice captain who scored an excellent 100 for Australia in Canberra test match against Sri Lanka in February are wonderful leaders.

There is talk that Australian cricket does not have a lot of options outside of Tim Paine but Head is a fine leader for South Australia, who he has captained in all formats since 2014.

Tim Paine highly successful Leader For Australia in tough conditions.

Pat Cummins the Co vice captain with Head has been the leader of the bowling attack in the opening 3 Ashes tests his ability to take wickets and join the 100 club has been something of great enjoyment for Australia. Captain one day while it seems a big task is something Cummins would enjoy.

Australia has lots of positives people including former player on ABC radio should smile and be happy. Paine will not captain forever but please remember the happy attitude he has brought to Australian cricket. He is a positive happy leader and senior player for Australia. He is different from Allan Border and even Ricky Ponting who was Paines first test captain when he and Smith debuted in 2010.

I have known Paine for many years and seeing his success to become Australian captain from near retiring after poor judgement from a very poor state coach in Dan Marsh with Tasmania is of great pride that he never gave up.

Test Captains are forever reminded and always stopped in the street or at functions it comes with the job but it’s not a popularity contest you can just do you’re best and in you’re natural style.

Australia Push Ahead As Steve Smith Bats and Tim Paine century of catches and Stumpings

Steve Smith scored a fighting 92 after a very testing battle with Archer resulted in Smith requiring medical attention. While the hit to Smiths back of the neck was a scary reminder of the 2014 tragic incident at the SCG which tragically claimed Phillip Hughes during a South Australia vs NSW shield match.

Thankfully this time Steve Smith stood up after a few scary moments. Smith retired hurt and thankfully the Australian team doctor Richard Saw looked after Smith and he was recommended to go off and did but returned after some care and tests in the Australian dressing room.

Tim Paine scored a fighting 23 with Smith after batting for 90 mins to make it to Lunch. Australia then took 4 late wickets including Tim Paine taking his 100th dismal in test cricket. 95 catches and 5 stumping are certainly impressive for Paine in his 23rd Test Match.

Tim Paine and Steve Smith

Australia looking to take 6 wickets and set up the chance wining the Lords Tes an exciting day awaits.

Tim Paine Australian Test Captain Career Timeline

Below is a time line of Key Matches of Tim Paine’s Career By Dan Stapleton

First class Debut vs South Australia Hobart, December 12 to December 15 2005. Scored 17 in 2nd innings.

Highest first class Score 215 vs Western Australia WACA October 2006 (opening the batting)

ODI Debut vs Scotland Edinburg August 28 2009 scored 29 batting no 7 and 1 catch

International T20 Debut vs England Manchester August 30 2009 (Match No Result Tim did not bat)

2009 Champions Trophy (ODIs) In South Africa September 26 to October 5 2009 (Paine and Australia beat NZ in the final)

2009 One Day Tour of India October 2009 (2 Matches highest score 50)

2010 Home One Day Series vs West Indies ( 2 Matches )

2010 One Day Tour of England and Ireland June to July 2010 ( 6 Matches highest 81 vs Ireland)

2010 Test Matches vs Pakistan ( Test Debut at Lords July 13 to July 16) and 2nd Test Leeds (both vs Pakistan)

2010 Test Matches vs India October 2010 (2 tests highest score of 92 at Mohali 1 October 2010)

2010 All Stars vs Australia Team T20 Match at Gabba November 2010 Paine breaks finger batting

2011 50 Over World Cup in India, Sri Lanka ( part of Squad did not play with injury)

2012 Hobart Hurricanes Debut In Big Bash League (BBL 02) Debut Match 9 December 2012 vs Brisbane Heat Gabba

2013 Feb 2013 Australia A vs England A in Sydney and Hobart One Day Matches

2013 Australia A Tour of South Africa June July 2013

2013 November 2013 Australia A Tour Match vs England Hobart

2014 Feb 2014 Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth BBL04 Final WACA Perth Win

2017 February 2017 T20 Series vs Sri Lanka MCG Return T20 Match ( 3 Match series)

2017 September 2017 World vs Pakistan In Lahore 3 Matches

2017 October T20 Tour of India 3 Matches

2017 November 2017 Ashes Test Debut and Home Test Debut at Gabba November 23 2017

2018 January 2018 SCG Pink Ashes Test Debut ( Australia win series 4-0 Paine 26 dismissals 25 catches 1 stumping)

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2018 April 1 Tim Paine Captains his 1st Test Match in Johannesburg South Africa, following the suspension of Steve Smith and David Warner. Paine fractures his thumb wicket keeping but scores 60 in a fighting test innings.

2018 October 7 Dubai UAE Tim Paine captains his 1st full test tour starting with test match in Dubai. Scores 61 not out saving Australia in a great innings by an Australian Test Captain. Marking his new era.

Tim Paine dressed in the Australian captain blazer in Dubai on October 7 2018 wearing Australian Test shirt 414, Baggygreen Cap, Australian White pants and black skin tights (under his white pants)

 

2019 August Tim Paine Leads Australia to Ashes Test Win in Opening Test Match At Edgbaston. First win since 2001 for Australia in a test match there.