Comments and Views By Dan Stapleton
Tim Paine has always had the talent it was only injury that led to him missing from Australian teams post injury in November 2010 when breaking a finger batting for the All Stars side opening the batting and facing Dirk Nannes.
8 years later Tim Paine is now the most consistent keeper batsman Australian has had since Brad Haddin. Paines glove work and support of his team mates on and off the field is faultless. Undoubtedly Paine should have been the keeper in 2016 and not Matthew Wade who is fine player but perhaps does not suit to batting calmly in situations as Paine does. Wade never played a Test Series in South Africa or in a Ashes series despite playing more than 20 tests it’s a known fact that selectors lost trust in Wade in big series. Paine was always the right man to be Test Keeper.
If it wasn’t for his state coach and mystery man Dan Marsh Paine would have been Australian Keeper some years ago. Marsh never gave Paine a fair go and even dropped The legend keeper from cricket teams just days after champion opener Phil Hughes tragically died at the SCG. Marsh was a very poor man manager in my view and even avoided speaking to people like myself who questioned is very strange coaching style dropping test quality players to 2nd XI teams.
Paine bats at SCG Nets on Jan 3 2018 on Pink Test Eve
It was in February 2017 when Paine would finally play for Australia again in the home T20 series with Sri Lanka after Stand in Australia coach Justin Langer wanted him in his side as keeper batsman and selectors agreeded picking him. Assistant coach for the series Ricky Ponting also wanted Paine picked as did selector and former Australian batting all rounder Mark Waugh who suggested Paines BBL fork demanded selection.
Paine Batting in MCG Nets pics by Dan Stapleton
I have always been impressed by Tim known him since his test debut in 2010 at Lords a very claim character and wonderful person open to helping those close to him. Tim is very shy by nature loves a low profile and even admits to enjoying that despite his natural talent and gift of wicket keeping. Have nothing but praise for him obviously a very determined person who never gave up on his dreams and hopes of playing for Australia again.
Heading into Day 3 in Cape Town Test Paine on 33 not out has the chance to bat with Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood and get a nice chance to battle again something Tim excels at. All while keeping a happy face and no doubt some friendly banter which is all part of hard Test Cricket the most fair person anyone could meet Tim David Paine. Baggy Green 414.