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.
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.