Australian test skipper Tim Paine will be rested from Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield match starting this afternoon in Perth at the WACA. Paine arrived home after the test series in the UAE against Pakistan which Australia lost 1-0 in extreme conditions.
Paine will be resting in Hobart this week spending time at home and will be assessed physically and mentally before he is allowed to play the match at the SCG against NSW in the first week of November.
UAE was a very testing tour for young skipper Tim Paine who skippered Australia for the first time since David Warner and Steve Smith suspensions from the South Africa test tour in March. The ball tampering incident and then the extreme conditions in UAE have had a collective toll on Paine. A very reliable and understanding captain Paine has enjoyed some public support for his new role as test skipper.
It’s not easy wicket keeping, captaining, setting fields then batting for long periods in testing foreign conditions. A long with assisting young batters and bowlers on their first test tours. Paine with Mitch Marsh and Travis Head we’re tested.
Paine is expected to be assessed by medical staff again next week to see when the Australian skipper returns. The build up to his first summer as Australian test captain has begun. The Adelaide 1st Test from December 6 will be a great moment for Paine and his team.