Tim Paine gets support from Adam Gilchrist amid talks of uncertain future

Tim Paine has been Australia's Test captain since the controversial ball-tampering incident.

Tim Paine | Getty

There have been talks of his future since the end of the Ashes retaining campaign in UK but Australia's Test skipper Tim Paine has found support from former wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist who believes he shall continue leading the side despite all that has been said. 

Paine, 34, has had people questioning his place in the team for long, especially since his contributions with the bat haven't been upto the mark (though, he has scored two Sheffield Shield hundreds in recent times for Tasmania) and neither the glovework top notch as seen in England. 

"[If you look at] what he (Paine) took on, when he took it on, he in partnership with Justin [Langer, the coach] and all the players have done a remarkable job over the past 12 months to just get a nice, stable balance back," Gilchrist, however, was quoted as saying by ICC

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"I can't see any rush to push him out, as long as he's still performing, like we all had to, to stay in the team. Like every other player, he's got a hold of his spot in the team as being selected as the best available option for that player type. I think he's doing a wonderful job [as captain]."

Meanwhile, Gilchrist believes Australia is "really well-placed" as far as winning the next year's T20 World Cup at home is concerned. The five-time ODI World Cup winners have never reigned supreme in the shortest format of the game. 

"I think Australia are really well-placed, seeing how they've started the summer," he said over results against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. "They love the conditions, they play well in the bigger grounds. We've got everyone available now, and probably for the first time, Australia are looking to pick their best XI regularly, rather than just for the World Cups."

“They're probably still working out whether they should play two spin bowlers or one spinner, with a batting allrounder like Mitch [Mitchell] Marsh or [Marcus] Stoinis," Gilchrist added. 

"Ashton Agar is doing a really good job, and if you look at all the successful bowlers in T20 around the world, they're all spinners. Nine out of the top ten, I think, are spinners."

"They've got a really well-balanced squad and have time to work out their ideal combination for the World Cup."

(Inputs from ICC)


By Kashish Chadha - 08 Nov, 2019

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