Australia Need 8 Wickets to Win Ashes Love and Embrace Australian Team

Australia needs 8 wickets to win if you cannot love a team that is on the verge of a famous win then you need to seek a happy smile in your life.

Australia has a legend in Tim Paine he has done a great job in his captaincy watch the last 6 days of the scheduled Ashes and enjoy it. No more negativity positive love and embrace of an incredible Australian victory.

Winning Team Australian Cricket.

Tim Paine Leading Australia As Captain Wicket Keeper Not As Umpire

Australian Test captain Tim Paine like his 10 team mates in the current Old Trafford 4th Ashes Test Match his job and main function is to play test cricket. He has to set fields. Pick bowlers to open and when to change them as the days and sessions and overs pass by.

Cricket and test cricket in particular as a major problem and it’s called umpiring and lack of high standard and world class Test match umpires. The current DRS system or captain challenge is a total failure for the International Cricket Council (ICC) the captain of each test team and bowler along with the slips, gully, point and in field should not have to challenge every close umpiring call the system has been failing for at least 5 years as the reviews have challenged a number of times currently 2 successful challengers per innings per side. If a captain and his team get a challenge wrong they lose a review.

The total crazy thing is Tim Paine and his men are trying to get 20 wickets in each test match he or Joe Root of England should not have to challenge or question umpires. Not only does it make players challenge umpires it also has a very negative impact on player and umpire relations as test cricket can see players get rightfully upset and annoyed at poor umpiring.

Australia should just play cricket and look t score runs or take catches and wickets. Leave the umpire to check for LBWs or run outs and Stumpings and catches that may be out or not out. Cricket looks messy currently because of poor umpiring and the players are not to blame for incorrect decisions. Test cricket is becoming a lottery and that is never the way it should be. Test cricket is about bat vs ball and skill and accuracy.

Steve Smith Master and Tim Paine Magic Has Australia on Top in the Ashes 4th Test Match

Australia excel in Old Trafford Manchester as Steve Smith Leads Australia with an epic 211 on Day 2. Australian Captain Tim Paine supported Smith brilliantly with an excellent 58.

Paine had been very unfairly criticised by many recently but he showed his class on Day 2 of this test hitting the ball straighter and putting the bad ball away with his lovely timing of the pull, hook and cut shots. His innings was Paines highest as test captain since the South Africa tour in April 2018 when taking over the captaincy.

Tim Paine Excellent Captain Leading Australia In the current Ashes Series

Steve Smith is the modern master for Australia he and Paine both debuted at Lords in July 2010 and have held a close mateship ever since. Both amazingly ended up as Australian Test captains.

Australia close to retaining the urn as rain delays the start to Day 3 in Manchester.

Tim Paine An Understanding of His Australian Captaincy

Tim Paine was handed the Australian captaincy after the Cape Town Test match last year which resulted in then Captain Steve Smith being given an extremely harsh suspension from Cricket Australia. 2 years with out being able to captain. CA also cost Australia their 2 best batters, if not players for 12 months when Smith and the highly successful and match winning opener in David Warner.

Tim Paine was the man given the captaincy called into meetings at short notice Paine gave Australia great hope in the next year match in Johannesburg in early April. Days after taking over from Smith, sent home early with Cameron Bancroft and Warner all who just made a mistake.

Paine is not the best player of all time and he openly acknowledges that he is a very reliable steady leader someone Australian cricket has needed over the last 18 months Australia has performed exceptionally well.

Any team that missed its star players over a home summer would struggle. It disappointing to me that a former player who hardly played test cricket and none in recent times would be so critical of Paine and Australian cricket over the summer. Ed Cowan is very critical and to me he is out of line in his comments on many Australian players. Paine and Travis Head the vice captain who scored an excellent 100 for Australia in Canberra test match against Sri Lanka in February are wonderful leaders.

There is talk that Australian cricket does not have a lot of options outside of Tim Paine but Head is a fine leader for South Australia, who he has captained in all formats since 2014.

Tim Paine highly successful Leader For Australia in tough conditions.

Pat Cummins the Co vice captain with Head has been the leader of the bowling attack in the opening 3 Ashes tests his ability to take wickets and join the 100 club has been something of great enjoyment for Australia. Captain one day while it seems a big task is something Cummins would enjoy.

Australia has lots of positives people including former player on ABC radio should smile and be happy. Paine will not captain forever but please remember the happy attitude he has brought to Australian cricket. He is a positive happy leader and senior player for Australia. He is different from Allan Border and even Ricky Ponting who was Paines first test captain when he and Smith debuted in 2010.

I have known Paine for many years and seeing his success to become Australian captain from near retiring after poor judgement from a very poor state coach in Dan Marsh with Tasmania is of great pride that he never gave up.

Test Captains are forever reminded and always stopped in the street or at functions it comes with the job but it’s not a popularity contest you can just do you’re best and in you’re natural style.

Australia Push Ahead As Steve Smith Bats and Tim Paine century of catches and Stumpings

Steve Smith scored a fighting 92 after a very testing battle with Archer resulted in Smith requiring medical attention. While the hit to Smiths back of the neck was a scary reminder of the 2014 tragic incident at the SCG which tragically claimed Phillip Hughes during a South Australia vs NSW shield match.

Thankfully this time Steve Smith stood up after a few scary moments. Smith retired hurt and thankfully the Australian team doctor Richard Saw looked after Smith and he was recommended to go off and did but returned after some care and tests in the Australian dressing room.

Tim Paine scored a fighting 23 with Smith after batting for 90 mins to make it to Lunch. Australia then took 4 late wickets including Tim Paine taking his 100th dismal in test cricket. 95 catches and 5 stumping are certainly impressive for Paine in his 23rd Test Match.

Tim Paine and Steve Smith

Australia looking to take 6 wickets and set up the chance wining the Lords Tes an exciting day awaits.

Tim Paine Australian Test Captain Career Timeline

Below is a time line of Key Matches of Tim Paine’s Career By Dan Stapleton

First class Debut vs South Australia Hobart, December 12 to December 15 2005. Scored 17 in 2nd innings.

Highest first class Score 215 vs Western Australia WACA October 2006 (opening the batting)

ODI Debut vs Scotland Edinburg August 28 2009 scored 29 batting no 7 and 1 catch

International T20 Debut vs England Manchester August 30 2009 (Match No Result Tim did not bat)

2009 Champions Trophy (ODIs) In South Africa September 26 to October 5 2009 (Paine and Australia beat NZ in the final)

2009 One Day Tour of India October 2009 (2 Matches highest score 50)

2010 Home One Day Series vs West Indies ( 2 Matches )

2010 One Day Tour of England and Ireland June to July 2010 ( 6 Matches highest 81 vs Ireland)

2010 Test Matches vs Pakistan ( Test Debut at Lords July 13 to July 16) and 2nd Test Leeds (both vs Pakistan)

2010 Test Matches vs India October 2010 (2 tests highest score of 92 at Mohali 1 October 2010)

2010 All Stars vs Australia Team T20 Match at Gabba November 2010 Paine breaks finger batting

2011 50 Over World Cup in India, Sri Lanka ( part of Squad did not play with injury)

2012 Hobart Hurricanes Debut In Big Bash League (BBL 02) Debut Match 9 December 2012 vs Brisbane Heat Gabba

2013 Feb 2013 Australia A vs England A in Sydney and Hobart One Day Matches

2013 Australia A Tour of South Africa June July 2013

2013 November 2013 Australia A Tour Match vs England Hobart

2014 Feb 2014 Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth BBL04 Final WACA Perth Win

2017 February 2017 T20 Series vs Sri Lanka MCG Return T20 Match ( 3 Match series)

2017 September 2017 World vs Pakistan In Lahore 3 Matches

2017 October T20 Tour of India 3 Matches

2017 November 2017 Ashes Test Debut and Home Test Debut at Gabba November 23 2017

2018 January 2018 SCG Pink Ashes Test Debut ( Australia win series 4-0 Paine 26 dismissals 25 catches 1 stumping)


2018 April 1 Tim Paine Captains his 1st Test Match in Johannesburg South Africa, following the suspension of Steve Smith and David Warner. Paine fractures his thumb wicket keeping but scores 60 in a fighting test innings.

2018 October 7 Dubai UAE Tim Paine captains his 1st full test tour starting with test match in Dubai. Scores 61 not out saving Australia in a great innings by an Australian Test Captain. Marking his new era.

Tim Paine dressed in the Australian captain blazer in Dubai on October 7 2018 wearing Australian Test shirt 414, Baggygreen Cap, Australian White pants and black skin tights (under his white pants)


2019 August Tim Paine Leads Australia to Ashes Test Win in Opening Test Match At Edgbaston. First win since 2001 for Australia in a test match there.

Australian Ashes Squad 2019 UK Ashes Tour

David Warner and Steve Smith are back in Test cricket after being named in Australia’s 17 man Ashes squad. Tim Paine will Captain Australia for the first time in an Ashes tour. In what will be his first 5 test match tour of England after playing a 2 test series in 2010 against Pakistan.

A very strong Australian squad has been named and confirmed by Australian coach Justin Langer and Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.

Australia has not won an Ashes series in the UK since 2001 when Steve Waugh led Australia in what proved to be his last Ashes tour of the Uk. Waugh is regarded by many as one of Australian crickets toughest test captains. For the upcoming series which starts next Thursday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Waugh will along side Justin Langer.

Australian squad Tim Paine (Captain) David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Marnus Labuscharenge, Marcus Harris, James Pattinson, Matt Wade, Mitch Starc, Mitch Marsh, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Neser and Usman Khawaha

Australia Into Ashes Preparation with Lead In March in Southampton.

Tim Paine leads one team and Australian test vice captain Travis Head leads the other In a 4 day first class match in Southhampton from this Tuesday July 23.

Paine leads a team including former Test captain Steve Smith up against Head’s team featuring David Warner, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins.

Tim Paine and Travis Head Australian captain and Australian Test Vice Captains

Tim Paine and Travis Head will captain this week .

Tim Paine enjoyed a great outing in the match against England Lions ( England A) last week scoring 38 runs, 7 catches and a stumping in the drawn tour match.

This will be Paine’s first Ashes tour of England. In 2010 Paine debuted in a 2 Test series (Lords and Headingley) hosted Pakistan for the series after Australia declined to tour Pakistan. ( Last tour their was 1998).

Alex Carey will Wicket keep for Travis Head’s team after a brilliant World Cup which he scored some vital runs from the number 7 spot. Carey is likely to be the back up wicket keeper for the Ashes ahead of Peter Handscomb and Matt Wade.

Australian pace attack for the opening Ashes Test could feature could include Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson. With the ever experienced Peter Siddle as back up.

Nathan Lyon the most consistent Australian Test spinner since Shane Warne will plat in his 3rd Ashes tour of the UK.

Tim Paine Interview Leading Into Ashes

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 Australian Wicket Keeper and Test captain. Baggy Green no 414 and Test Captain number 46

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.

Tim Paine Excited for Ashes As He Visits Lords Ahead Of August UK Ashes

Australian Test Captain Tim Paine visited Lords for the World Cup Match between Australia and New Zealand on Saturday.

Paine is not part of the World Cup squad but Australian coach Justin Langer invited the test captain to join Aaron Finch and the Australian One day Team as they settle into preparation for the Ashes tour of the UK which starts on August 1. As always Lord’s the home Of Cricket will host a Test Match during the upcoming Ashes series.

Paine is in England with the Australia A squad which is currently playing One day matches. This week members of the Australian team who are preparing for the Ashes and not part of the World Cup squad trained with the red Duke ball.

Tim Paine’s Australian Test Team has not played a test match since the early February ending Test series which ended in Canberra against Sri Lanka. Some players like James Pattinson and Peter Siddle have been playing county cricket since May in the lead up to the Australia A tour with the main match taking place in Southampton from July 23 when Australia A play Australia where the final Ashes squad will be selected.

Tim Paine and Australian World Cup Captain Aaron Finch will Captain the Australian and Australia A teams in what is expected to be a highly interesting match.

Tim Paine Vital Role for Australian team in 2019 and Beyond as Ashes Nears

Australian test captain Tim Paine has not played first class cricket in England in 9 years, since a test series in July 2010 when the then 25 year old blonde wicket keeper from Hobart enjoyed his 2nd Uk tour after being part of the 2009 Ashes tour but did not play any long form cricket on that tour.

Paine has had 3 tours to England previously for Australia 2009 (ODI and T20), 2010 (3 formats), 2018 (ODI tour as captain)

Tim Paine batting and will captain Australia in 2019 Ashes Tour

Tim Paine has not played test cricket for 9 years in England and perhaps it could be a challenge for him having also never played country cricket in the UK which is some what surprising given his incredible skills and ability with the gloves and bat.

Steve Smith and David Warner are both about to enjoy their 3rd Ashes tour to England after touring in 2013 and 2015. Their experience will be invaluable to Paine after both playing in the World Cup which is starting this week in the UK.

More to come including a detailed interview with Tim Paine shortly on the website.

Tim Paine Cricket Website Part of New Australian Cricketers Index Website

Tim Paine Cricket Website is proudly part of the exciting new Australian Cricketers Index Website which is being constructed by our website admin Dan Stapleton who is very committed to Australian Cricket.

Australian Cricketers Index is an extraordinary project as it will feature websites on each Australian male Cricketer and leading Australian female Cricketers with extensive content from matches and interviews.

Below is a highlight video from our recently updated video section.

Tim Paine And Australian Team Ready for Boxing Day Epic Clash

Expect the Australian team to be very excited as Test skipper Tim Paine arrives in Melbourne for the first day of preparation very excited by what is ahead. Australia and India 1 test each it is a vital 3 days of preparation from today Sunday Dec 23 Australia train at the MCG this afternoon.

Tim Paine Australian Skipper

On Christmas Eve Australia again train at the MCG with coach Justin Langer to chat with media and consider who to pick in the line up.

  • Points to consider for Langer and the selections are Aaron Finch finger injury.
  • Peter Handscomb or Mitch Marsh to be in the middle order.
  • Mitch Marsh is yet to play a home Test Match this summer
  • Tim Paine leads for the first time on Boxing Day
  • Tim Paine plays his 2nd Boxing Day Test after debuting last year in the Ashes Test.
  • 17 test matches for 34 year old Tim Paine
  • The MCG Test Wicket is expected to be a fair but spicy wicket given the disappointing wicket that was produced in 2017 in the Ashes batting marathon Ashes Test.

    Tim Paine Further Proves Himself As Australian Captain

    Tim Paine Outstanding leadership, smart light hearted well chosen words reminds every one how good Tim Paine was in 2010 before injury cost him years.

    A close examination of Tim Paine’s body reveals a very fit human being. Paine is so fresh and fit he could play on for years. His fresh and lively gentle nature may surprise many. Tim has told me many times he enjoys a low profile well his life is about to change headed to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test. Sydney for New Year Training and Test Match. Paine will be asked for selfies more than most players.

    I am going to get into the infield tactics or gamesmanship you can read my tweets on twitter @dan_stapo for more on that let’s just say we will see more of Paine now and in coming months and indeed years.

    Tim Paine and Pat Cummins Hold the Key in Perth on Day 2 2nd Test

    Tim Paine Australian Skipper Keeping in White skins holds the key to the 2nd Test in Perth

    Australian test skipper Tim Paine is 16 not out leading into Day 2 at Optus Stadium in Perth today. Paine along with Australian all rounder Pat Cummins are vital with Australia 6/277 after Day 1.

    Paine has had an excellent week reaching 60 runs in the Adelaide Test and this 1st innings of this match combined in not easy batting conditions it has pin pointed and highlighted his determination and value to this Australian team. Some what inexperienced team as well.

    If Australia Can reach anything above 400 it will be extremely tough for India given Australian pace attack of Cummins, Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood. The in form and always reliable off spin of Nath Lyon will be vital We can’t wait for the test match to continue.

    Tim Paine Smart Man Respectful Leader Cares For Test Cricket.

    Australian Skipper Tim Paine has led Australia extremely well in recent times. This week in Adelaide he battled poor umpiring. Weather conditions, finger injury and even some playful ball incidents in a war, up with Aussie team mates on Saturday.

    Paine is an outstanding leader and very neat and thoughtful person. Something that Australian Cricket needs in these testing times. Paine understands cricket very well and his captaincy on the weekend was very timely. Along with off spinner Nathan Lyon Paine started with his leadership.

    Former Australian Wicket Keeper Brad Haddin said during the test match that he felt it is a challenging job being captain and keeper. Haddin was full of praise for Paine who is now working with him as fielding and keeping coach.

    In these challenging periods it’s important to have reliable and perhaps some what neat players. The Australian top order is facing challenging times but Aaron Finch is a match winner along with Shaun Marsh someone who can bat for long periods.

    Tim Paine 10 Facts on the Aussie Skipper Meet the Man

    09C339B1-2A10-4D26-9A5B-AAF56620EEB5Tim Paine is not well known to many here is 10 quick facts on Paine someone I have known since 2010.

    1. Paine Debuted in July 2010 at Lords with Steve Smith against Pakistan!
    2. Paine use to have blonde hair up until late 2016 when he changed back to his natural dark hair
    3. Paine was born in Hobart on December 8 1984 and has his birthday this Saturday
    4. Paine made his 1st class Debut in 2005.
    5. Paine was the first wicket keeper to wear compression skins while keeping in Australian 1st class cricket (good tips this is correct)
    6. Paine has part of his hip in his right index finger following surgey in 2011 to repair broken fingers
    7. Paine is down earth and often shy away from the cricket field likes a low profile
    8. Tim Paine is one of the nicest people I have ever met.
    9. Paine has the safest pair of hands in the last 10 years in Australian cricket and always been highly regarded
    10. Paine is one of the funny men of Aussie cricket a great character.

    I have known Tim Paine since 2010.

    Tim Paine Named to Lead Australia – Marcus Harris Set to Debut in Home Tests

    It’s 2 weeks until Tim Paine will become the first Australian Skipper to have a home Test debut as captain on his birthday during the Adelaide Test Match. An achievement even Sir Donald Bradman couldn’t manage in his home town of Adelaide. Paine is a skipper seen unfairly judged by some leading Australian cricket in the toughest of circumstances.

    Paine will lead Australia at Adelaide. The final round of Shield cricket starts tomorrow for Tim Paine in Hobart facing South Australia.

    Tim Paine Cricket Website will have full coverage of the test series with India starting with Adelaide from next week.