Former Australian captain Michael Clarke criticized the admission of national selector Trevor Hohns as Tim Paine’s leadership was not discussed following the series loss against India.
Paine’s captain has been called into question following the 2-1 loss, especially after the team failed to beat India on day five in Sydney and Brisbane. Paine’s wicket was also scrutinized after losing three chances at the SCG.
The skipper admitted that he hadn’t had the best summer with gloves, but it was his harbor office that raised eyebrows across the country.
Former captain Mark Taylor, while supporting Paine’s retention as a skipper, believes he needs to be more flexible on the pitch, rather than sticking strictly to the pre-prepared plan.
Taylor noted that on the final day in Brisbane, with Australia’s front row bowlers struggling to take wickets, Cameron Green only played three overs and Marnus Labuschagne only one.
Taylor, who was renowned for his ability to summon a part-time bowlers wicket like Michael Bevan, would have liked to see Labuschagne, in particular, give more over, a point supported by Ian Chappell.
But when the team of the next series against South Africa was unveiled yesterday, Hohns went to bat for Paine.
Tim’s leadership in our minds has never been questioned, ”Hohns said.
“We didn’t spend a minute on Tim’s leadership at our selection meeting.
“And some of the criticism he had to endure, in our opinion, was quite significant.
“And especially, some of it is in bad taste from foreigners.
Clarke, who has led Australia in 47 tryouts, asked why Paine’s performance hadn’t at least been reviewed.
“So many former players, so many people, fans of the game, have questioned Painey’s tactics throughout the series. So you didn’t question its captain and didn’t add anyone, be it a player or a support staff member. to the team to help them with their tactics, ”Clarke said on Sky Sports Radio.
“How is he better? How is he in South Africa to improve? It seems like this is an area he needs help, whether it is a extra leadership in the field or extra people around him to help him get better If you keep doing the same, you will get the same results.
Did Trevor Hohns say they thought the tactics were right and we would be right and do the same in South Africa but get a different result? If so I said they missed a few laps throughout the summer. “
Clarke thinks there is nothing wrong with retaining Paine as captain, but noted that he needs to improve.
“There’s nothing wrong with staying with Painey. I like him, it’s great, stick with your captain if you think he’s the right man for the job,” Clarke said.
“Don’t say nothing is wrong. Tactically he missed a few laps and his outfit was nowhere near as good as what I saw of Painey.
“Help him. Allow him to improve in the areas he needs to get better.”
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