Embattled Paine wants to lead Aussies to South Africa



Australian captain Tim Paine insists he is the right man to lead his team to South Africa and to the possible World Test Championship final at Lords despite a sub-par performance in the Test series against India.
India beat Australia by three wickets at the Gabba on Tuesday, the first time since 1988 the Australians have lost a Test in Brisbane. The win ensured the tourists claimed the series 2-1 and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy they won in Australia in 2018-19.
Paine conceded he was below par in the last two Tests. He dropped a number of chances on the final day in Sydney, when India batted all day to salvage a draw, and missed a stumping on the last day in Brisbane as Rishabh Pant led India to a stunning victory.
Paine also came under heavy criticism from a number of former players over his bowling changes, field placings and his decisions on when to declare.
But he said that he had no intention of stepping down and would take Australia to South Africa in February.
“I’m still looking forward to going to South Africa to try and win a series there,” Paine said. “We had a goal to make the [World] Test Championship final — that’s still achievable and it’s a goal for me and the group.—AFP

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