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Tim Paine has done a wonderful job: Adam Gilchrist

January 20, 2021

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Adam Gilchrist, one of the finest to have played the sport, believes that captain Tim Paine should not be laid off from the captaincy post. The wicket-keeper batsman was criticized for his poor tactics after the visitors managed to a draw in Sydney. The criticism amassed after the Indian team defeated Australia for the first time at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Adam Gilchrist thinks that Tim Paine has done an excellent job to help a diminished Australian team stand up on its feet again. The 36-year-old was handed over the captaincy reins after the infamous scandal in 2018. In that Australia's star players, Steve Smith and David Warner got banned for a year.

Apart from Tim's captaincy, his wicketkeeping and batting process has also come under the scanner. Cricket Australia included the wicket-keeper in the Australian squad for the 2017-18 Ashes. However, the wicket-keeper dropped three catches on Day 5 in Sydney. His two drops included two off Rishabh Pant who eventually made the men in yellow pay with outstanding innings of 97.

Tim Paine's keeping and batting have been exemplary against India: Adam Gilchrist

If the Australian skipper had managed to dismiss Hanuma Vihari in Sydney, the hosts could have a chance of winning the third Test. Despite that, Adam Gilchrist still supports Tim Paine's keeping prowess and believes the 36-year-old is still one of the best in the country.

The former wicket-keeper also talked about the batting abilities of Tim Paine. Tim Paine was the fourth-highest run-getter for the Australians in the series. He scored a total of 204 runs at a decent average of 40.8. Gilchrist further believes that a Test century should not be the only element while judging a wicket-keeper's batting capability.

It will be interesting to see if the Australian cricket board think likewise about the skipper. Tim Paine also had a verbal spat with Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in Sydney. Despite all difficulties, the Indian cricket team managed to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The side was without the services of their six first-team regular players. The Ajinkya Rahane-led side successfully managed to draw Sydney's match before breaching Australia's 'fortress' Gabba. The hosts pulled off a massive 328-run chase on the fifth day to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. This is Team India's second consecutive win against Australia.

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