This might be my last Australian summer: Tim Paine
Australia captain Tim Paine, on Monday, stated the upcoming Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand might be his last engagement as captain with the team.
The wicket-keeper batsman who is going to turn to 35 by the end of the running year, has masterminded Australia’s revival as a team in recent days.
“It might be (my last summer), I’m not too sure,”
Paine told reporters.
“But… I’m enjoying doing it. I feel good physically (and) mentally. So while that continues, I’m scoring enough runs and keeping well enough then I’d like to continue. I know when you get to my age that can change really quickly.
“I’m really looking forward to this summer, beyond that I haven’t looked too far. I know what I want to do and what I want to achieve. I think there’s always talk when an Australian captain gets older. There’s always talk of who is the next one, when is he going to stop. I think that’s natural and that’s always going to be the case,” he added.
When he was asked about his target to achieve as a captain, Paine said his side’s top priority is to reclaim top spot in ICC Test rankings and win the World Test Championship (WTC).
“Our goal is to get back to that number one ranking and we want to win that Test Championship,” he said.
“To do that we’re going to have to be good enough to win in India and we’re going to have to be good enough to beat everyone, everywhere.
“It’s the only way we’re going to get to where we want to get to. It’s an exciting period and I’m looking forward to being part of the start of that and there is no end point at the moment,” Paine added.
Australia are now fifth in the point table of the ICC Test Championship.
Australia and Pakistan will take on each other in the first of the two match Test series from Thursday in Brisbane.