Tim Paine is Australian Test Captain Below He Answered some Questions about the upcoming Ashes and his amazing test career. Interview by Dan Stapleton Website Admin of the Tim Paine Website.
I have Known Tim for about 10 years and he is a very honest cricketer and person. This interview shows that.
Tim Paine was contracted at 16 years old for Tasmania. The youngest ever contacted player in Australian cricket history.
1. Tim, July 2010 you debuted as a young blonde wicket keeper at Lords in a test match against Pakistan. Did you think 9 years later you would return as Australian Test Skipper for an Ashes Series?
No, but it’s certainly something that I appreciate and I continue to enjoy the opportunities and experiences that have come my way.
Below Tim Paine at Lords on Test debut in July 2010.
I remember we played a fund raiser T20 in Hobart in 2016 at Bellerive Oval. At that time you were not playing a lot of Sheffield Shield cricket for Tasmania but you seemed to remain upbeat. How hard was that period for you in 2016?
It seems like a long time ago, and a lot has changed for me since then. I think I dealt with the challenges I faced as well as I could. Of course it wasn’t all plain sailing, but life is like that sometimes
David Warner and Steve Smith are very experienced players how important is it for Australia and you as captain to have them back in the national set up?
They are both exceptionally talented players and great to have in and around the team. Their contribution already throughout the CWC is testament to just how important they are to the team.
4 Light hearted question Why have you changed hair colour so many times. People might not know but you’re naturally dark hair why did you change it to blonde for so many years?
it’s a choice I made at the time .
Winning that Ashes series in Australia in 2017/2018 how exciting was that for you and what would winning this Ashes series in August September mean for you and the team?
The Ashes is the pinnacle of every Australian cricketer’s career so winning it is incredibly satisfying. Winning it in England would be the ultimate prize
Some say Tim Paine has had a long career with several injuries. How has being Australian Test Captain changed your life?
It’s kind of a fairytale in some ways, considering where my career looked like heading two years ago, but it’s something that I feel honoured and privileged to do and every day I make sure I represent my team and my country to the very best of my ability.
Cheers to Tim Paine for his Time leading into the Ashes series.
Australia A play 2 matches importantly late this month which Tim will lead one against England A and the other against Australia which is likely to be captained by Aaron Finch in Southhampton.
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh will join the squad ahead of the 1st Ashes Test. Waugh will take on the same role of team advisor that Ricky Ponting is currently doing with the Australian World Cup Team.
In 2001 Waugh and Australian Coach Justin Langer helped Australia to a Ashes win in the UK.