Australian Test Captains are some of biggest names in Australian cricket history. Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke are all the recent long serving test captains of the last 25 years. All of the above players enjoyed long careers and a leafs had selection in their state sides almost certain.
Australia’s current test captain Tim Paine is the only Australian test captain to ever be almost forgotten and treated so poorly by a state head coach (Dan Marsh) that Australian selectors and Australian Head coaches had to rescue his career. If it wasn’t for Justin Langer in early 2017 who picked Paine at the time to be the wicket keeper for the Australian T20 team in a home series against Sri Lanka and Darren Lehmann who later picked Paine as the Ashes wicket keeper for the home series in 17/18 then Paine could have likely never captained Australia.
It is incredible that the son of Rod Marsh one of Australian crickets smartest and most respected wicket keepers of all time son Dan Marsh who was a very limited ability cricketer that played for Tasmania saw almost no talent in Tim Paine when he was coach in 2015. It’s incredible! An Australian test captain that his state coach had no idea about his obvious talent and ability.
It’s likely Dan Marsh is one of the poorest coaches in Australian sporting history having over looked Paine for almost 2 years before the heartless coach was sacked in 2017 by Nick Cummins at Tasmania. Marsh made questionable calls and in my view he was out of line.
It should also be said that in 2014 after the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes at the SCG when Australian cricket was experiencing its most upsetting and tragic moment that days after Dan Marsh told Paine “he was not doing enough for Tasmania and needed a rest” days after Hughes had died when most players were understandably highly upset.
The Tim Paine story is incredible it shows that Australian cricket has identified Australian cricketers early as Paine was when he debuted for Australia in 2009 in ODI cricket and test cricket in 2010. He was injured in 2010 and given great support by now Australian coach Langer and Tim Nielsen who was head coach in 2010 during Paines early days in green and gold.
The sad thing for Australian cricket is the lack of ability from a coach like Marsh who had no idea about the talent of Paine I really hope we don’t see it happen again but thankfully Paine is currently Australian test captain doing an outstanding job top of the pack.
Australian cricket has exciting times ahead under Langer and Paine who are brilliantly supported by Steve Smith, David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc all great players in their roles who understand each other.
Paine on the rise again with Australian cricket. Big Summer ahead and exciting times.