Australia have clinched a 2-1 one-day international series victory over the West indies with a thumping six-wicket win in the final match in Barbados, with a strong collective bowling effort setting up the result.
Tim Paine, the captain of the Australian Test, side has been leading the team very well.
Fellow teammates also have praised his leadership a lot. But is this the beginning of a new era or is he retiring soon?
Australia under Paine in Tests
Tie or Drawn: 3
Win Percentage: 52.63 per cent
Just when people started talking about the Paine era, he hinted retirement plans and confused everyone.
Paine had been receiving plaudits from the greats for his captaincy. He had been good with the bat too.
His field placement, strategies all were good, but his reviews aren’t that great. Paine has got 27/31 reviews wrong i.e. approximately 87 per cent.
His review in the fourth Test in Ashes 2019 cost the Aussies the game. Paine’s chemistry with the team and coach Justin Langer has been amazing.
Taking over the captaincy from Smith in 2018, he received negative comments from fans all around the world. But he has proved his point in the games – i.e. where it matters.
Paine’s age is 35, but that doesn’t mean he has to retire. English legend Wilfred Rhodes retired at the age of only 52 years.
Paine could play more games as he is still game fit and up to the task. Coach Langer had said “I see no reason for Paine to retire” and “Paine’s one of our main players in the team”.
Langer has insisted Paine playing on at least until the current WTC cycle. Paine became the first captain since Steve Waugh in 2001 to retain an Ashes series in England.
With Steve Smith back, the onus was still on Paine – and the board is not looking to change the captaincy at this stage.
Paine and Matt Wade have been battling for the gloves for a long time, but Paine even steadied the race for keeper by performing excellently in the Big Bash League.
He was actually an Australian rules football player who had a chance to be playing in the AFL.
He broke Hogg’s record of most Tests between successive appearances. Before his appearance on the national side, he was about to announce retirement but his Tasmanian coach Adam Griffith told him not to retire.