Australia Test captain Tim Paine’s plan to work on his batting during the coronavirus pandemic has backfired and led to his car being broken into outside his home in Hobart. The wicketkeeper-batsman had moved his car onto the street so he could transform his garage into a home gym.
Cricketers across the world are trying to find out different ways to keep themselves fit while staying indoors during the health pandemic. However, Tim Paine’s plan backfired badly. His makeshift training centre was barely a day old before he had to re-consider his decision of parking his car on the street.
The Australia star revealed that he checked his car after receiving a message from the NAB and found out that his wallet and few other things were not there. He also joked that the robbers went straight to Maccas to grab a bite after stealing his wallet.
“I woke up this morning to a message from NAB saying I had some interesting movements on my account,” Tim Paine was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I went out and the (car) door was open and my wallet and a few other things had gone. Actually looking at my account, the boys went straight to Maccas – the boys must have been hungry,” he added.
Meanwhile, the decision of turning his garage into a makeshift training centre has had some positives too. Kookaburra have decided to send the Aussie skipper some balls on a string after seeing him tie the balls in old stockings to practise.
“Since that went on radio, I’ve had a message from (sponsor) Kookaburra and they’re going to send me some balls on a string that I can hook up in the garage and start training,” said Tim Paine.
Tim Paine also talked about his teammates in isolation. While he sounded fine at remaining indoors, the wicketkeeper joked that some of his Test teammates might not be faring as well.
“Steve Smith, David Warner – guys like that, they’re high energy, they love to train so this would be a real eye opener for them,” he said.
“I think (Smith) is doing a 10km run every day so hopefully he doesn’t come back as a skeleton. But him and Marnus (Labuschagne) and Davey are probably the three I worry about.
“They don’t like sitting still, and Steve and Marnus don’t like not batting for too long. And Davey – he literally can’t sit still.
“Davey has got a home gym so he will be in there literally 24/7 and Steve and Marnus would have some kind of contraption where they’re hitting balls, or they’ve got their wives are feeding them balls because there’s no way those two are going a week without batting,” he added.