Tim Paine was handed over the leadership reigns when Australia was arguably at the lowest ebb in their cricket history. The then captain Steve Smith, vice-captain and veteran opener David Warner, and rookie batsman Cameron Bancroft had been handed bans for their involvement in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, and Paine was appointed the new captain, with the responsibility of not only leading the side but also restoring the beleaguered image of Australian cricket.
Lyon said that the manner in which Tim Paine gets his team together via his banter and humor on the field, and the way he leads his team from the front is exceptional and he doesn’t get enough credit for it.
“I think he’s one of the best captains I’ve ever had to be honest with you.” Nathan Lyon said during an interaction with SportsDay.
“The way Tim gets this team together and the way he’s able to use his banter and humour on the field to really lead by example and out in the front is really exceptional.” Lyon said.
“I don’t think he’s getting enough credit for what he’s done in my eyes. Paine has been absolutely brilliant for us. He wasn’t captain two years ago and being thrust into it he’s done an absolutely fantastic job and I’m pretty stoked to be playing under him.” he added.
Lyon also went on to laud Tim Paine for his wicketkeeping skills, adding that he is the best stumper in the world currently.
“To me, as a bowler, there’s nothing better than running in to bowl to Tim Paine, I think he’s the best gloveman in the world if you’re asking my personal opinion on that.” he added.
Paine scored a match-winning 99-ball 73 in Australia’s first Test during the Adelaide Test, one that helped the home side reduce the first innings deficit to 53 runs. He was eventually awarded the ‘Player of the Match’.