Having played 52 first-class games alongside him for Tasmania, George Bailey has said that the current Test Captain Tim Paine is one the well-respected personalities in Australian Cricket at the moment and is a great example on how to go about being as a player on and off the field for everyone around.
Since Steve Smith and David Warner being banned by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the ball-tampering incident earlier this year, it is Paine, who has taken the responsibility to lead the national side in these tough times. While Australia are yet to win a game under his captaincy, having lost the Johannesburg Test as well going through a winless ODI tour to England, it is quite admirable how well Paine has carried himself.
Talking about Paine to Cricket.com.au, Bailey was quoted saying, "I think he's garnered a greater appreciation for other members of the team and a bit of an empathy for what different people go through, He was such a superstar at a young age and had such a meteoric rise – he probably didn't understand what it was like for someone on the fringe or someone who is struggling."
"For Painey to go through that same situation and feel those emotions and know what it feels like to be almost on the outer of a team … this comes with age and having children no doubt as well as the injuries," he added.
Bailey also gave an insight into the early years of Paine as a cricketer and a person and said, "He had a year of basically playing second XI cricket (for Tasmania) and the influence he had (on teammates) was really profound, Just in understanding what players are going through and helping to devise ways of getting through tough periods. He just commands respect the way he goes about his business. He's a natural leader."
"It's possibly the tough Lauderdale (the beachside Hobart suburb Paine grew up in) upbringing that he had – you've got to be pretty street smart. He's in a great place for belief in his own game and I've got no doubt if not for some injuries, he would have been in the positions that he's in (now) for a long period of time." he concluded.
(Inputs from Cricket Next)