Tim Paine win the toss in Canberra Test: The Australian captain gave a hilarious response on being asked about the toss.
Australia captain Tim Paine will go into the historic Canberra Test with his team leading the series for the first time in his short captaincy career. Having won the first Test against Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs at Brisbane, Paine doesn’t want his team to be complacent ahead of the second encounter.
Speaking during the pre-match press conference, Paine laid emphasis on ‘attitude’ and starting the match positively against the visitors. “We’ve spoken a little bit about our attitude and the way we turn up firstly for our two training sessions here and then tomorrow morning.
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“I’d struggle trying to bowl and bat as well as lead the side.”
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“We touched on how we had a great win in Perth against India. I thought we turned up pretty poorly and really flat in Melbourne and started that Test match pretty ordinarily, and then you get a good side like India in front of you and we couldn’t reel them back in.
“It’s just been making sure our attitude to this Test is spot on and we’re leaving nothing to chance. If we do that, start as well as we can tomorrow and put Sri Lanka straight back on the back foot where we finished in Brisbane. That’s been the message,” Paine was quoted as saying.
So not giving Pucovski a test and no county cricket and ruling him out the Ashes squad?
— Alex (@alexmathewson) January 31, 2019
“Why was Marcus Stoinis even brought into the squad if he was no chance to play in Canberra.” @rohan_connolly is not happy with the treatment of Will Pucovski and Marcus Stoinis this summer.
Do you agree?
— Macquarie Sports Radio (@MacquarieSport) January 31, 2019
In eight Tests as Australia captain, Paine has won two, lost four and drawn two. Talking about the toss, Paine has only won one (against India at Perth) out of eight tosses. Paine’s winning percentage of 12.5 is the lowest of 173 players to captain their country in eight or more Tests.
Being asked about any preparation on techniques for flipping the coin in the second Test, the 34-year old cricketer ended up giving a hilarious response. “I might go left hand. I do need to try something. I can’t keep doing the same thing and getting the same results,” he said jokingly.
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