Keeping is something I have never lost confidence in: Tim Paine

"I think my technique stands up with anyone so I'm looking forward to getting out and showing that on Thursday," he quoted.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine received a surprise call up to the national side recently. And what more could an Aussie cricketer wish for – getting a call to the national side for the all-important Ashes. Paine was picked up ahead of the likes of Matthew Wade and Peter Nevill for the coveted series. Needless to say, the Tasmanian is looking forward to the opportunity.

As per the recent quotes in Sportskeeda, Tim Paine revealed that he has received some valuable tips from former Australia cricketer Chris Rogers. He quoted that Rogers has asked him to keep minimal hopes and expectations. Paine has played in 4 Test matches for Australia. His previous Test appearance was back in the year 2010.

“I’ve had plenty of advice – some of it good, some of it bad. Chris Rogers gave me a good piece of advice. He told me to set my standards low and expect to get six ducks and anything after that is a win. I might use that I think,” quoted Tim Paine.

Confidence in wicketkeeping

Speaking about his game, Tim Paine conceded that he has firm faith in his abilities as a wicket keeper. He noted that he is at par with any quality wicket keeper around. He admitted that his batting has not been the greatest but is surely improving on it. He cited that the experience of playing Test cricket will help him to reinstate his claim in the national setup again.

“My keeping is something I’ve never lost confidence in. I think my technique stands up with anyone so I’m looking forward to getting out and showing that on Thursday. It’s been well-documented the last few years my batting hasn’t been fantastic and again, I tend to agree, but I know my best cricket is good enough,” said Paine.

“I’ve played Test cricket before and done OK so I can take some confidence out of that. The last five or six months as well, I’ve been batting as well as I ever have so I’m lucky the opportunity has come at the right time for me,” he added further.