‘Some of the commentary surrounding him has been wide of the mark’: CA defends ‘brilliant leader’ Tim Paine
Australian Test captain Tim Paine has been under fire ever since his team lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 to India. Though he did a decent job with the bat, his leadership and performance behind the wickets drew criticism from cricket experts and fans.
On Wednesday, Cricket Australia strongly defended Paine after he was retained as captain for the upcoming tour of South Africa. Board’s EGM (National Teams) Ben Oliver stated that some of the commentary surrounding his position ‘has been wide of the mark’.
“Tim Paine has been an outstanding captain since taking over the Australian men’s Test team in incredibly difficult circumstances. Some of the commentary surrounding Tim and his position as Test captain has been wide of the mark,” said Ben Oliver.
He also asserted that Paine has the support of the team, the coach and everyone else at Cricket Australia and the result of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series has done nothing to diminish that.
“Tim is in career-best form with the bat and, while the series against India was not his best with the gloves by his own admission, he remains in the top echelon of wicketkeepers globally.
“And as a leader, he has been brilliant. To captain a squad through the many challenges presented by the pandemic - not least the unique pressures of hub life - is no easy task and Tim did that with strength, humility and good humour,” Oliver added.
National selector Trevor Horns also backed Paine and stated that the wicketkeeper-batsman has much to offer to the Test cricket.
“Tim Paine was excellent at No.7 against India and as a batsman, wicketkeeper and captain still has much to offer in the Test arena,” Horns said in a statement.
Paine had taken over captaincy in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018 when then skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned for a year for their role in the infamous incident.
(With PTI Inputs)
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- India vs England: The Indian team management faces a problem of plenty going into the five T20I against England starting Friday.
- Padikkal sent a strong message to the national selectors before England ODIs as he slammed his fourth consecutive List A ton.
- The rise of youngsters has been instrumental in India registering back-to-back Test series wins, and for that Ganguly reckons, Dravid has had an immense role to play.
- India vs England: It was a knock that snatched the advantage away from England.
- The extent of the damage is unknown at the moment but Chris Silverwood, the England head coach, has informed that Jofra Archer’s injury is being looked into.
- Virat Kohli and his men crushed Joe Root's team to win the series 3-1 and also qualified for the final of the maiden World Test Championship. Here is a look at our report card of Team India in this series.