Australian captain, Tim Paine leadership has been in question since his second consecutive home defeat against India in a Test series. Not only the results on the field but also their behavior and performance have led to criticism. Also, many legends have already demanded that Steve Smith be made captain before the series.
Without being the most affected, Cricket Australia has once again expressed confidence in Penn’s leadership and retained his captaincy for the South Africa Tour. Australian selectors have said that the comments about his captaincy are wrong.
Paine did well as a batsman in the recently concluded Test series with the historic defeat in the Brisbane Test, but his captaincy and wicketkeeping have come under severe criticism. Especially in the Sydney Test, his behavior came under question, where he started sledding against the Indian batsmen in the hope of not getting a wicket on the last day of the match. He also took a few catches that day and Australia was forced to draw.
Paine can contribute a lot to the team
Cricket Australia announced the team for the next month’s Test series against South Africa on Wednesday 27 January. Meanwhile, Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement, “Tim Paine batted brilliantly against India at number seven. He can give a lot to the Test team as a batsman, wicketkeeper, and captain. ”
Led the team well in difficult circumstances
At the same time, CA’s acting general manager (national team) Ben Oliver also defended Penn and said that he had commanded the team in difficult circumstances. Oliver said, “Tim Paine has performed well since assuming the captaincy in difficult conditions. The comments about his captaincy are wrong. In the challenging circumstances amid the Corona epidemic, he has commanded the team well and has the support of the entire team. ”
Captaincy started from South Africa
The Australian team will once again go on the South Africa tour after 3 years. It was this tour where major changes took place in Australian cricket and Tim Paine was given the command. Steve Smith was removed from the captaincy and Penn was given the responsibility after the ball-tampering (Sandpapergate) during the third Test in Cape Town in the 2018 series. Along with Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were banned.