Australia's red-ball captain Tim Paine on Monday spoke about his future as the captain and wicketkeeper of the national Test team. His revelations not only spoke about his own career but also dropped a hint on what may be in store for Australian cricket. Australia will be taking on Pakistan at the Gabba in the first Test to begin their home season on Thursday, November 21.
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Paine, who is 34 at the moment, has had a tough rise to the national team because of injuries and tough competition. After captain Steve Smith got banned in 2018, Paine was made the new skipper of the Aussies and it can be safely said that he had led the team with aplomb out of a crisis situation. But with his age in question, cricketers tend to loose their magical touch and Paine spoke about this to a few reporters. He hinted that the 2019-20 home summer may be the last time that he is leading the side at home as he is not too sure about what the future holds for him.
Paine added how he is enjoying his current role and hopes to sustain it as long as he scores enough runs and keeps well. In the interview, Paine also added that the goal of the Australian team was to regain their ranking as the number one Test side in the world and win the ICC World Test Championship.
Another contender is vice-captain Pat Cummins, who was appointed as the vice-captain in the beginning of this year. Cummins is an integral part of the Australian team and is one of the team's most effective bowlers. He has been the leading wicket-taker of the last two Ashes series and could be a suitable captain for the Aussies as well.