Tim Paine hints at quitting limited-overs formats to prolong Test career

first_imgAustralian cricket is going through a difficult phase following the ball-tampering saga that rocked the nation in March this year.The ball-tampering episode led to the sacking of two of their top players, Australia were then thrashed by England in the ODI series and now their senior most player is unsure about his future as far as limited-overs formats are concerned.Tim Paine, who took over as captain after Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were handed substantial bans in the ball-tampering scandal, has now hinted at leaving the shorter formats to prolong his Test career.After Tests, Paine was also named the one day international captain for the England tour but the Aussie endured a torrid time failing to inspire the side.5th ODI: Jos Buttler century helps England whitewash AustraliaAustralia were beaten black and blue by the Eoin Morgan-led side and suffering a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series.The 33-year-old Paine was handed the role for the one-day portion of their limited-overs tour of England but chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said at the time it was probably only a stop-gap measure.The wicketkeeper, leading the side while regular captain Steve Smith serves a 12-month ban following a ball-tampering scandal, scored just 36 runs in the series as England outclassed the World Cup holders with their powerful batting lineup.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEFellow wicketkeeper Alex Carey played the final two games in Durham and at Old Trafford, but only as a batsman, and has been appointed vice-captain for the sole Twenty20 match against England on June 27 and their T20 tour of Zimbabwe in July.advertisementAaron Finch is Australia’s T20 captain.”All I know is I was coming here to do this series and I’ve said a few times before, when you are my age it’s a bit foolish to look ahead,” Paine told Cricket Australia’s website.”Certainly, I am really looking forward to captaining the Test team and continuing how I have been playing in that format.”But where I go with the rest of my cricket is something we will discuss in the coming weeks.”Paine was thrust into the Test captaincy role after Australian cricket was rocked by the ball-tampering incident in South Africa in March, creating a leadership vacuum with both Smith and his deputy David Warner handed one-year suspensions.He was then also surprisingly given the captaincy for the series in England, with Finch given the vice-captaincy.Paine, however, said his struggles with the bat in England had been tough.”Its been difficult, you play cricket to do well and this series I haven’t done that,” Paine, whose highest score in the series was 15, added. “I haven’t played anywhere near as well as I would have liked to.”That happens and it’s certainly not through a lack of effort, I am trying my guts out and working really hard, I have just had one of those series.”I started off poorly and couldn’t get it back on track.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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