Shane Warne
Shane Warne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne feels that Tim Paine’s tenure as the Test skipper was already on the verge of coming under question, irrespective of the sexting scandal which led to his resignation. Shane Warne feels that Tim Paine’s performance as a wicketkeeper and skipper was not up to the mark during his three-and-a-half-year captainship tenure.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Paine resigned from the position of Australia’s Test skipper on Saturday (November 20) after one of his off-field scandals came to the public.

The 36-year-old cricketer was involved in a sexting scandal with a female colleague back in 2017. As the incident came out in the public four years later, Paine resigned from the post of Australia’s Test captain, accepting his guilt in the matter.

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People Started To Ask If Tim Paine Was In Fact The Best Option For Test Team: Shane Warne

In his column for the Australian daily newspaper Herald Sun, spin legend Shane Warne said that irrespective of the sexting incident, Tim Paine’s tenure as Test skipper was already up. Warne also mentioned that many people had already raised questions about Paine’s efficiency as a Test captain.

“When you take a close look at his position at number seven in the batting order, and the other candidates to play that role, the other standout wicketkeeper/batsmen around the country and the runs they were making, there was a groundswell of people starting to ask if Tim Paine was in fact the best option for the Test team,” Shane Warne wrote.

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Warne also pointed out that Australia’s historic 1-2 Test series defeat to India at home in January this year left everyone questioning Tim Paine’s role in the Test team.

“He had his moments during recent series — especially last summer against India — which left us all questioning his tactical nous and his actual playing role. It seemed that maybe his time was up. A lot of people were thinking that, including me,” the former right-arm spinner further wrote.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Tim Paine has resigned just a few weeks ahead of The Ashes 2021-22. Now, the selectors have to quickly nominate a new skipper for the popular Ashes tournament, which is slated to commence on December 8 with the 1st Australia vs England Test. Although Paine has discharged himself from captaincy, he has made himself available for selection as a player.

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Pat Cummins (Image Credit: Twitter)

For the new Test captain for Australia, Pat Cummins is the most popular name coming on the cards. Cummins is the vice-captain of the team in all three formats. The right-arm pacer has also shown a consistent performance across formats in the last two years. He also finished as the top Test bowler in ICC rankings in 2020.

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