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Tim Paine quashes claims of difference in opinions between captain and pacers

The team's tactics as well as the plans were questioned after they looked flat in the ongoing fourth Test.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Australian cricket team is struggling to make an impact in Tests after the suspension of Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft. Since then they have made numerous changes in the squad but failed to find a settled team. Tim Paine was appointed the captain in March 2018 right after the debacle and got a positive result for the first time in the Perth Test against India in December. They currently are 2-1 down to India in the four-match Test series.

There are a lot of voices opposing Paine’s leadership and even questioning his abilities as the leader of the Baggy Greens. One of the most recent claim makers is Australian bowling coach David Saker. While talking to the reporters, he had stated that the coaching unit is not happy with the bowlers and there was a difference of opinion between the captain and the bowlers. The Aussies pace trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins failed to strike together as a unit and that has let the Indians bat with freedom.

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Tim Paine dismissed bowling coach’s difference of opinion claims

Talking to the press Paine declared that there were no differences between him and his bowlers but instead, there were some plans that had gone wrong and there was nothing to worry about the disagreements. He said the criticism is understandable as the team has failed to produce notable performances. His focus rather is on working hard and producing a real fight.

“We always have discussion post game but in terms of being on a different page, no. I think we are pretty clear on what we’re trying to do. Yesterday afternoon — and to be fair probably the first hour in the morning then the first hour after lunch we got it slightly wrong. When you’re playing sport at the highest level and you don’t perform as you should you’re going to cop criticism. We all expect that and we’re all used to it,” Paine said

However, Australian spinner Nathon Lyon was disappointed by the team’s tactics as he opined that the fast bowlers missed out using moisture in the wicket. The captain and bowlers had different plans and eventually, nothing worked out in their favour.

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