Australia captain Tim Paine has been rated as the most important player of the team by his coach Justin Langer.
Tim Paine played a crucial 73-run knock vs India in the Pink-ball Test (AP Image)
- I have got enormous faith in every part of Tim Paine’s game
- Langer said that he loves captain Tim Paine in the team
- Tim Paine played an important 73-run knock in Pink-ball Test
Australia head coach Justin Langer has heaped rich praises on his team’s captain Tim Paine ahead of the Boxing Day Test which starts on Saturday. Langer, a veteran of 105 Tests himself, said that 36-year-old has proved himself as a leader, wicketkeeper and batsman, becoming team’s “almost most important player” in the recent past.
Notably, Tim Paine was handed over Australia’s Test team captaincy after Steve Smith got banned for international cricket for 12 months due to his role in infamous ‘Sandgate’ incident in 2018. India players, during their last Test tour of Australia, had sledged the right-hand batsman, calling him a “temporary captain”.
Smith’s 2-year captaincy ban is also over but Paine continues to captain the proud ‘Baggy Green’ side. He retained the Ashes urn in England’s very own backyard in 2019 and later he also had some really impressive series’ against Pakistan and New Zealand.
Langer has said that he has “enormous faith” in every part of Tim Paine’s game, adding that he just loves him in the team.
“I have got enormous faith in Tim Paine in every part of his game, whether its be wicketkeeping, his captaincy or his batting. I have said publicly and privately for the last year, he is almost our most important player because he is an elite wicketkeeper, his leadership on and off the field is incredible and we saw how well he batted under pressure in the first innings first Test in Adelaide. It probably changed the gam alongside the run out of Virat Kohli. He is a great player, a great leader and I literally love having him in our team,” Langer said.
Tim Paine saved Australia from collapsing terribly againt vistors India in the Pink-ball Test. He scored a gutsy 73 to take is team to a 191-run total, giving India just a 53-run lead. Australia at one point were 111 for 7 and a massive lead for India was on the cards.
The right-hander has raised his game in the recent past, scoring 342 runs at 42.75 and a strike rate of 52.29 in eight matches (ahead of India series) since the end of the England versus Australia Headingley Test in 2019, He had also claimed 39 catches and two stumpings in that time.