Tim Paine sees Australia’s very exciting era
Skipper Tim Paine predict a was very exciting for Australian cricket era after the team retained the Ashes against England while revealing that he broke his thumb in the Final Test.
The series was drawn 2-2, with Australia keeping the urn as the headlines of the ashes despite losing the last test on the oval by 135 runs.
“I’m looking forward to Australia this summer,” Paine said in a column for The Australian newspaper, referring to the upcoming home test matches against Pakistan and New Zealand.
“Last year we were a little lost, and we were finding our way,” he added after the team struggled in the wake of the ball manipulation scandal in South Africa.
“I know we have found it now, and I am sure that this group is the beginning of a fascinating era in Australian cricket.
“We have the best bowling attack in the world and the basis for a great batting lineup.” Australia holding the ashes was built on the back of an incredible series by former captain Steve Smith, who scored 774 runs in just seven innings and an impressive bowling attack led by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Paine called Smith “a freak” and also praised Marnus Labuschagne for having “a great future” after he also enjoyed a stellar tour with the bat.
However, he revealed that the last Test was a fight for him and the fast-paced bowler Peter Siddle.
“I broke my thumb slam toward the end of that test, but it’s not shifted, so I should be right to go back to early training,” Paine said while praising the Siddle workhorse who was battling a hip injury.
“He’s been a little critical of the criticism for not bowling as well as … we know it can, but the team knows how heroic it was.”
“Many other people wouldn’t have bowled again in the game, but he moved on because he didn’t want to leave Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to do some extra work.”
After a long overseas tour and five home trials starting November 21, Paine said he needs a rest and won’t play the Big Bash League Twenty20 home competition this season.
“Being a captain is exhausting, and I think I should take every opportunity to recharge my batteries,” he said.