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Australia's Captain Paine hints retirement after Smith's explosive return

Smith's explosive return to the test side, where he scored 774 runs in the Ashes, triggered calls to restore him as captain.

Australia's Captain Paine hints retirement after Smith's explosive return
Australia's Tim Paine Image Credit: ANI


  • Australia's Tim Paine, who turns 35 next month, said that upcoming test series may be the last time he captains the side at home.
  • Paine was named captain after Steve Smith was banned in 2018.
  • Smith's explosive return has triggered calls to restore him as captain of the Australian team.

Australia's Tim Paine has said the upcoming test series against Pakistan and New Zealand may be the last time he captains the side at home as he enters the twilight of his career. Paine, who turns 35 next month, was named captain after former skipper Steve Smith was handed a one-year ban in March 2018 for ball-tampering and the wicketkeeper became the first Australian captain after Steve Waugh to retain the Ashes.

Smith's explosive return to the test side, where he scored 774 runs in the Ashes, triggered calls to restore him as captain and Paine said talk about who eventually takes over was bound to happen, especially considering his age.

"It might be (my last summer), I'm not too sure," Australia's captain Tim Paine told reporters.

"But... I'm enjoying doing it. I feel good physically (and) mentally. So while that continues, I'm scoring enough runs and keeping well enough then I'd like to continue. I know when you get to my age that can change really quickly. I'm really looking forward to this summer, beyond that I haven't looked too far. I know what I want to do and what I want to achieve."

"I think when you're the Australian captain and the Australian keeper, they're two of the most critiqued roles in Australian sport and at the moment I have to hold them both. I know I'm going to be in the crosshairs for people all the time."

Paine said Australia's top priority now was to return to the top of the test rankings and win the World Test Championship (WTC). Australia is ranked fifth in the world and trail leaders India by 244 points in the WTC standings.

"Our goal is to get back to that number one ranking and we want to win that Test Championship," he added. "To do that we're going to have to be good enough to win in India and we're going to have to be good enough to beat everyone, everywhere. It's the only way we're going to get to where we want to get to. It's an exciting period and I'm looking forward to being part of the start of that and there is no endpoint at the moment." Australia plays Pakistan in the first of two tests that begins on Thursday in Brisbane.

(With inputs from agencies.)



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