Paine made his ODI debut against England as he replaced wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. Another injury to Haddin ensured a Test debut of Paine against Pakistan
The Hush Post: Who is Tim Paine? An ardent Indian cricket fan would have known him before the ball tampering saga. But casual followers of cricket wouldn’t. Well, he is the accidental captain of the Australian cricket ship currently caught in the turbulence of disgrace. He is a survivor, a just in case captain, if something happens to the current captain kind of man ready to take the job. And that ‘something’ has happened in the form of ball-tampering.
Timothy David Paine has just played 10 Test matches and 26 ODIs and has been thrust with the responsibility of reviving the disgrace Australian cricket is going through.
Paine’s experience as captain is that he has captained Tasmania at Under–15 and Under–17 tournaments. He was also member of its Under–19 team. As his father says that he was always the smallest in the bunch. 34-year-old Paine is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.
Paine made his ODI debut against England as he replaced wicket-keeper Brad Haddin way back in 2009. Another injury to Haddin in 2010 ensured a Test debut of Paine against Pakistan.
After Steve Smith admitted to ball-tampering during the current series against South Africa and his subsequent stepping down, Paine was announced as the skipper.
Why was Tim Paine chosen?
The rot goes all the way down, which is why there wasn’t any surety that after Steve Smith, David Warner, and the two captains in the team of provincial teams Usman Khawaja from Queensland and Mitch Marsh from West Australia were any cleaner. They weren’t given the job thus. Paine was chosen as he had his hands clean of the ball tampering conspiracy.