Guha explains who can be Paine’s replacement as Australia captain
Former England cricketer Isa Guha believes Alex Carey can be a suitable replacement to Tim Paine for the captaincy role in the Australia team in the aftermath of their home series loss against India.
Praising Carey for his kindness, gentleness, determination, and competitiveness, Guha pointed out the most important thing that he has the respect of the dressing room which is instrumental in bringing the best out of the team.
“I like his chances whether it’s (maybe) after The Ashes. The question is whether he’s going to be too old, I personally don’t think so. I think he’s someone that has the respect of the dressing room, one of the nicest blokes in cricket, seems gentle and kind on the exterior but underneath that there’s definitely a determination and competitiveness that’s really suited to being and Australian cricketer and being an Australian captain as well,” said Guha while speaking on the Fox Cricket podcast.
According to Guha, the 29-year-old is “the all-round package” and once again showcased his scoring potential with a superb BBL knock last week, when he made an extraordinary 101 off just 62 balls.
“Brad Haddin reckons he’s the next best keeper, he’s got the ability to score runs and the all-round game to be able to play on the subcontinent on fast pitches that do a bit and he’s got a cool, calm head and the respect of the dressing room,” she said.
Guha was also very critical of Paine’s shortcomings and the key mistakes he made during the India series.
“You look back to India’s first innings at the Gabba, (Cheteshwar) Pujara and (Ajinkya) Rahane barely had a short ball bowled to them until they were in,” she said.
“In terms of captaincy it is such a fascinating watch. Has Tim Paine got the control of the bowlers and the dressing room? I think he’s definitely got that respect but how you manage the bowlers is so key to a tight series,” Guha also added.