"We will wait and see" - Paine on his Test future

back icon
safari
16 Dec 2020 | 12:19 PM
authorPTI

"We will wait and see" - Paine on his Test future

The Australian Test skipper revealed that he has been discussing his future with coach Justin Langer and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns

heart

Share

His eyes are firmly set on the challenge India is set to pose in the Test series, starting Thursday, but Australia Test captain Tim Paine on Wednesday (16 December 2020) revealed that he has been discussing his future with coach Justin Langer and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.

Paine was pushed into the job after Steve Smith's unceremonious removal from the post following the ball-tampering scandal. Paine knows well that he isn't a powerhouse performer like his predecessor but believes that he has been playing his role to perfection in the current Australian setup.

"We will wait and see," the 36-year-old Paine said during a virtual conference when asked if he has been contemplating his future both as a player and a leader.

"From the very first time I came back into this Test team, when I wasn't the captain, I wouldn't look past another series. When you are young, things can be taken away from you really quickly.

"At the moment, the focus is on Adelaide and then Melbourne, and so on for the rest of the series and then we will see. I have been talking to Trevor Hohns and JL (Langer) about when and how we might look into the future but right now my eyes are firmly set on the series."

For someone without a Test hundred in 31 appearances and a modest batting average of just 30 plus, Paine said that he has performed his role which includes batting with the tail.

"In terms of my captaincy, it's been okay as I have a role to play in this group like everyone else does. As long as I keep doing that, we are all happy.

"My job is to keep and captain and score some handy runs with the tail and yeah that's my role. It's going for me pretty well.

A lot of cricketers have complained about fatigue of consistently staying in a bio-bubble but for Paine, that's not exactly a reason which should curtail his longevity in competitive cricket.

"Before we got here we did discuss what this year is going to look like. Obviously with the Test summer, guys were going to be a bit fatigued. We are trying to get on to be honest. It is what it is."

A practical man, Paine said that a lot of people are going through a lot more than staying in a bio-hub and playing Test cricket.

"There's lot worse things that you could be doing rather than playing Test cricket for your country, to be in a hub, staying in nice hotels and eating good food. So we are still very lucky, to be doing what we are doing," the skipper said.

"Obviously, there is going to be a bit of fatigue for guys who has been doing it for months. It's up to guys like myself and few others who haven't been there to drive the energy of this group."

On a lighter note, Paine said that being in a bubble away from his kids meant that he is getting a bit of sound sleep.

"I am loving it (bio bubble). This hub that we are in as strict as it was in IPL or the one that was in England. For me, I am getting good night's sleep and the kids are at home. Although I miss them, I am sleeping well here and feel fresher."

Paine also confirmed that Steve Smith's absence from Tuesday's practice session was primarily due to "stiff back" and a day's rest must have been a "blessing in disguise".

"We expect Steve to be there. He has had a stiff back a number of times before and you can have that if you bat as much as he does at the nets.

"He has a stiff back before and yesterday was more precautionary. Obviously, come tomorrow, he gets through stiff back and finds a way to score runs like he always does," he said.

The options for opening slot are still fluid and Paine didn't want to give away anything despite the persistent questioning from the home media on whether Joe Burns with his wretched run of form is still an option.

"I can't (say) at the moment," he said.

"We know two people would be opening tomorrow but we will be keeping that in house at the moment, he kept it open-ended.

"Look, if Joe walks out to bat tomorrow, we have full confidence in him, to do his job. Stability in good sports team is important and that's what we have tried to build in last two years."

He however did agree that Matthew Wade is an option considering his gutsy temperament.

"We have a number of guys ready to open the batting. We are just waiting. Wadey, we saw last year against New Zealand during that short ball stuff, he is ready to put his body on the line, we know he is tough as nails and do his job wherever he bats.

"We have a scenario where we could have a different opener and we have a number of guys who are ready to do it."

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
AustraliaIndiaTimothy David PaineJustin Lee LangerIndia tour of Australia, 2020/21Australia vs India - 1st Test - Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2020/21

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
India won key moments, Australia slipped: Paine
There could be question marks over his leadership but Paine does not want to quit the role as yet
userPTI
19 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Smith 'feeds off' criticism warns Paine ahead of Gabba showdown
Smith has faced accusations he had been trying to cheat by scuffing up batsman Rishabh Pant's guard at the crease during the tense drawn third Test at Sydney, which left the series locked at 1-1
userAgencies
14 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Paine is an outstanding leader: Langer
Paine was heavily criticised for sledging and yelling at Ravichandran Ashwin who battled pain and aches to help India draw the match in Sydney
userPTI
13 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Tim Paine apologises for his behaviour in SCG Test
The Aussie captain said that his leadership wasn't good enough and he ended up "looking like a fool" by sledging Ravichandran Ashwin
userPTI
12 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
We are always a better team when Warner plays, says Paine
However, Paine refused to believe that Australia's batting formula had gone for a toss during the first two games in Warner's absence
userPTI
06 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
No need to change batting order, we just need to bat well: Paine
Australia scored 195 and 200 in the lost Melbourne Test as none of the batsmen could get a half-century in the match that India won comfortably by eight wickets to level the series
userPTI
29 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
India a proud cricket country, they are not going to roll over: Paine
India are heading into the second Test on the back of a humiliating defeat in the series-opener in Adelaide
userPTI
25 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Steve Smith fit despite 'stiff back', says Tim Paine
Paine also said young allrounder Cameron Green, who suffered a mild concussion last week, was "pretty good to go"
userAFP
16 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Pay cut a small thing, players are prepared to do their bit for game's survival: Paine
Paine also said that a rising crop of young talent will compete with Steve Smith to be Australia's next captain
userAgencies
31 Mar 2020
safari
NEWS
Australia hungry to seal Ashes win in 'grand final'
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been recalled to the 12-man squad
userAFP
12 Sep 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved