Tim Paine Australian test captain for 19 months, has played 28 test matches for Australia. 24 of those have come since his return to test cricket on November 23 2017, his remarkable Ashes return.
Paine is a great wicket keeper able to catch most deliveries and chances despite having finger problems over the years Paine has always “toughed” things out and plays through the Pain barrier.
Highly rated wicket keepers Brad Haddin, Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy have all recently and over the years worked with Paine. There is no reason why wicket keepers cannot be captains and successful leaders.
I compare Paine to Allan Border a great leader for Australia in the 1980s who was tough and strong as any Australian test captain as ever been. A fighter who would lead the team.
wicket keeping is about catching the ball and working well with you’re bowlers Paine is often interacting and speaking with the bowlers. I have no issue with him having Steve Smith, David Warner or Nathan Lyon helping with suggestions cricket is a team sport and the recent success in the Pakistan series reminds us of this.
Australia has won 4 home tests and 2 Ashes tests away from home in 2019. A highly successful year given the challenges of the return of Warner and Smith.
I am not interested in DRS appeals to me the umpiring is up to umpires and the 3rd umpire players are busy enough playing test cricket not worrying about umpires.
Australian players are concerned about winning matches of cricket taking on the worlds best players to the best of their ability. Paine and the Australian players are all performing to their best ability as long as Australia keep improving and doing well off the field the team need and want Paine to lead.