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.
Paine will lead Australia in the test series against Pakistan in November and December and New Zealand in December and January.