Current Australia Cricket team captain Tim Paine has shown his support for ex Captain Steve Smith who was removed from Australia’s captaincy owing to the controversial ball-tampering incident during South Africa tour in March 2018. This year in March, Smith openly spoke about his willingness to regain captaincy again, even though his captaincy ban expired last year but Cricket Australia continued with Tim Paine as the captain in the longest format of the game.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Tim Paine said,”I think so. Obviously I don’t make that decision but the time I played with Steve as captain he was excellent. Certainly tactically he is as good as you get,” Paine has always been impressed with Smith’s leadership and has already shown his complete support to Smith getting back as Captain.
Before taking on the English Team in the Ashes series, Australia is set to play Afghanistan for a one-off test. When asked about his retirement plans, Tim Paine jokingly said that he probably still has 6 tests left in him. Paine further added,”If I feel like the time is right and we’ve beaten the Poms 5-0, what a way to go out. But it might be a tight series and we might be chasing 300 on the last day and I’m 100 not out and hit the winning runs and then I might go again,” Paine said.
Last Ashes was played in 2019 in England which was quite a thrilling series, England managed to win the fifth and final match by 135 runs and levelled the series 2-2 which meant that Australia retained the coveted urn since they won the previous Ashes played in 2017/2018 season. Last Ashes series that ended in draw was in 1972.