The Australian skipper Tim Paine has already got a great story to his name in the record books of the game. After making a tremendous comeback into the National team, he was asked to lead the side when the Australian team was in dark phase with Steve Smith, David Warner committing the biggest mistake of their life.
Paine has already created a legacy for himself by pulling his team out of the depths of Sandpapergate in March 2018 to a memorable Ashes turnaround last week. Aged 34, Paine also set aside any chances of leaving his job once the Ashes are done and dusted, saying that he is loving it and will try and continue doing it for as long as he can.
Steve Smith is banned from leadership roles until March because of his involvement in a Cape Town ball-tampering scandal last year but he is tipped by some former players and leading cricket analysts to regain the captaincy from wicketkeeper Paine after his batting heroics in England.
I am loving what I am doing – Tim Paine
However, Tim Paine doesn’t want to leave anytime sooner. The flamboyant cricketer wants to play the game for a long time, as he is in one of his favourite roles. He believes that he is fit enough to play the game for a few more years.
“Not for me, not at the moment,” Paine replied when asked if he would consider retiring after the final Ashes Test against England which begins at the Oval on Thursday. I’m loving doing what I’m doing, and I think while you’ve got a job that you love you try and do it for as long as you can. I did miss a lot, I suppose, in the prime years of my cricket career.
“The positive of that now is that physically I’m in really good condition for my age, and feel really good after Test matches physically. Mentally, it’s a different story but it only takes a day to recover from that. While I keep enjoying it, I’ll keep doing it,” he added.
Australia will take the field against England for one final time this year, starting Thursday in London, aiming to secure their 1st Ashes series win in the country since 2001. They have already retained the Ashes Trophy with a win in the fourth Test. They also announced the squad for the final Test as well.