Tim Paine has no immediate plans to step down as Australia captain despite back-to-back home series defeats to India, but has refused to engage in the ashes next summer.
The beleaguered skipper was once again thrown under the torch on Tuesday night following a 2-1 series loss in which his leadership was repeatedly called into question.
As a triumphant Rishabh Pant celebrated his series heroes at Gabba, Paine was reportedly consoled by Cricket Australia team chief Ben Oliver.
Called in to stabilize the ship in the wake of Australia’s infamous ball-tampering saga, the 36-year-old’s tenure has shown cracks this summer in a series of questionable tactics and an explosion on the pitch at SCG.
Yet despite criticism from the Australian cricketing fraternity, Paine has said he will not be reconsidering his position as skipper and intends to lead the test team in South Africa next month for their next tour.
It is a series that has yet to be locked due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. If that were not to happen, there is the very real possibility that the veteran led his country for the last time.
“I always look forward to going to South Africa and the series there. We had a goal of making this Test Championship final. [in July]”, he said.” I think it is still achievable. It’s a big priority for us and for me and this group. “
When asked if he intended to continue until the ashes, Pained replied, “I’ve said many times over the past two or three years that I don’t look past next set I’m 36, I love doing my It’s hard work and at times like this it can be bloody work when you cut it left, right and center.
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“That’s why I signed up. I haven’t played my best cricket at times in this series, but it can happen. I’m going to leave, look to improve, look to improve parts of my game for next year. “
Paine felt the heat for many of Australia’s shortcomings this summer, and the skipper knew Tuesday’s failed second attempt in a Day 5 closeout, and with it the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, would do him ” lots of flak “.
“It’s definitely been slightly different for me over the past couple of weeks with a lot of criticism coming,” Paine said. “In the past, this probably hasn’t happened to me.
“But that’s normal for the course. International cricket is big boy’s business and you have to have very, very thick skin.
“I had a pretty ordinary day in Sydney, I caught him on the chin.
Boos could be heard around the Gabba when Paine came face to face with his post-match interview in the aftermath of India’s victory.