Cricket fans had a field day at the expense of Australian Test captain Tim Paine after pictures of him carrying drinks for his Hobart Hurricanes teammates surfaced on social media.
Less than a week after leading Australia to their second successive Test series defeat on home soil against the Indians, Tim Paine returned to his Big Bash League franchise Hobart Hurricanes for the clash against Sydney Sixers at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Paine, however, did not find a place in the playing 11 and was seen carrying drinks for his teammates. It is still not clear as to whether the Australian Test captain was rested or was overlooked from the starting 11.
Tim Paine has come in the firing line in the past 10 days for not only losing the Test series to Australia but also because of his ‘Can’t wait to get you to Gabba, Ash’ jibe at Ravichandran Ashwin in Sydney, which heavily backfired as Team India breached the ‘Gabbatoir’ as they gunned down a record fourth-innings chase of 329 in the series decider.
Apart from the jibe and the choicest words that Paine hurled at Ashwin in Sydney, Paine’s wicketkeeping has also come under heavy scrutiny. The Aussie stumper missed three crucial catches on the final day at the SCG and a rather tough stumping of Rishabh Pant at the Gabba.
Following a shock series defeat to India, disappointed Australian fans and some pundits have called for Tim Paine’s head. However, former Australian captain Greg Chappell has come to the Tasmanian’s rescue.
Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, Greg Chappell backed Tim Paine to continue in his role, stating that even though the wicketkeeper had a poor couple of game behind the stumps, he still ended up with an average of 40 and a ‘Player of the Match’ award in Adelaide; the only Test that the home side won.
Chappell even refused to blame the bowlers, who failed to bowl India out on a fifth-day track in consecutive Tests, stating the blame for the defeat lies fair and square with the batsmen who failed to post enough runs on batting-friendly tracks of Sydney and Brisbane.
“I don’t blame Tim Paine and our bowlers for this defeat. The culpability lies fairly and squarely with the batsmen, who simply didn’t make enough runs on friendly wickets. For those calling out for heads to roll, especially those seeking Tim Paine’s head on a pike, I say REALLY? Tim is one of only five players who can claim an automatic place in this Australian team. Sure, he didn’t have his best Test series behind the stumps, but he still averaged 40 with the bat,” Greg Chappell wrote in Sydney Morning Herald.
Here are some of the reactions:
— vikash bharti (@Vikash27Bharti) January 24, 2021
He dont deserve captaincy first
— Jeet (@jeetchopra26) January 24, 2021
See how things changed pic.twitter.com/K6TYxw7Fik
— . (@Hakunamatata474) January 24, 2021
? ? ? ?
— Pavan #SALAAR (@Pa1Prabhas45) January 24, 2021
???he deserves this
— Raj Aryan Singh (@RajAryanTrue) January 24, 2021
His correct place in T20s
— Mohammed Faisal (@faisal337_) January 24, 2021
— Riz Mansoor (@rizmansoor) January 24, 2021