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Paine opens up about axing him from ODI side


Australian Test captain and wicket-keeper batsman Tim Paine has opened up about excluding him from the ODI squad for the upcoming home series against South Africa. 

Tim Paine axed from ODI squad

Australian Cricket team are currently on the bad patches od their history following the ball tampering saga that rockes during the Test series against South Africa earlier March this year.

Since Steve Smith was handed over a ban of one year, Tim Paine replaced Steve Smith as the captain. Paine captained Australia in England in what was their first international series since the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town in March. It was one to forget for the men from Down Under as they were trumped 5-0.

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Recently Aaron Finch was named as the captain for ODI side for the forthcoming home series against South Africa. And also Paine was axed from the ODI squad too.

But Tim Paine has revealed that it was an expected decision from his point of view since he didn’t deliver anything in the ODI side. “I saw it coming before the UK tour, to be honest,” Paine told cricket.com.au.

“The plan … was to focus just on Test cricket. Then obviously what happened, happened (ball-tampering bans to Steve Smith and David Warner, as well as Cameron Bancroft) and all of a sudden, we didn’t have a captain or vice-captain. It was about having some stability in the team when Justin (Langer, the coach) first took over,” he added.

“But I was always aware of the fact that I wasn’t going to be the person going forward for the World Cup and they would look in another direction.”

Tim Paine is also honest regarding his performance in the ODI series against England since he scored only 36 runs in five innings.

“Clearly, had I gone there and scored three hundreds, things might have been different. But I knew the plan was that this was the way they’d be going,” he said.

“I think it will be (a blessing in disguise). It’s one of the things that I’m quite excited by – to just focus on one form of the game and focus on how I want this (Test) team to develop,” Paine concluded.

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