India Today – Australian cricket is going through a difficult phase following the ball-tampering saga that rocked the nation in March this year.
- The ball-tampering episode led to the sacking of two of their top players, Australia were then thrashed by England in the ODI series and now their senior most player is unsure about his future as far as limited-overs formats are concerned.
- Tim Paine, who took over as captain after Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were handed substantial bans in the ball-tampering scandal, has now hinted at leaving the shorter formats to prolong his Test career.
- After Tests, Paine was also named the one day international captain for the England tour but the Aussie endured a torrid time failing to inspire the side.
- The wicketkeeper, leading the side while regular captain Steve Smith serves a 12-month ban following a ball-tampering scandal, scored just 36 runs in the series as England outclassed the World Cup holders with their powerful batting lineup.
- Paine was thrust into the Test captaincy role after Australian cricket was rocked by the ball-tampering incident in South Africa in March, creating a leadership vacuum with both Smith and his deputy David Warner handed one-year suspensions.