Tim Paine will become Australia’s 46th Test captain following Cricket Australia’s decision to strip Steve Smith of the captaincy for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

Paine acted as interim captain on the fourth and final day of the third Test at Newlands after Smith stood down from the leadership before the start of play.

“He’d be a good captain,” said Griffith, who oversaw a dramatic turnaround for Tasmania – from sixth to runners-up – in this year’s JLT Sheffield Shield.

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Ball-tampering scandal had big effect: Australia captain Tim Paine after loss

According to Hindustan Times… The fall-out from Australia’s ball-tampering scandal had a major effect on the performance of the team, new captain Tim Paine said after his team were thrashed by 492 runs in the fourth Test at the Wanderers Stadium.

The defeat gave South Africa a 3-1 series victory, their first at home against Australia since 1969/70.

Paine admitted that South Africa had outplayed Australia after losing the first Test in Durban. “We can’t hide from the fact that purely on skill they outplayed us,” he said.

Past coaches, captains provide inspiration for Tim Paine as he looks to carve own captaincy niche

The Daily Telegraph states that TIM Paine has kept a file of various inspirational acts or words from cricket coaches and captains to have piqued his interest.

Paine was planning to use the various titbits in a coaching career when he retired, something that almost happened a year ago after a frustrating Sheffield Shield season in which he struggled to get a game for Tasmania.

Now it will form part of his approach as the nation’s 46th Test captain, a role Paine was given after Steve Smith and David Warner’s sacking over the Cape Town cheating scandal.

“I’ve always thought about going into coaching or something like that after cricket,” Paine said.

Paine is reluctant to talk too much about his future as Test skipper, having pointed out before the fourth Test that a new coach could want a new captain.

Australian Test captain Tim Paine says he is here to stay, vows to reduce sledging

The 33-year-old believes he can not only lead the Australian team through its most tumultuous period in recent memory but carry the torch for years to come.

“I’m going to be doing everything I can to be doing it for as long as I can,” he said.

“At the moment, I’m captain for as long as I’m around. Steve’s got a two-year ban from the leadership role, but he’s somebody who I’ll be speaking to quite closely as reported by ABC News.

Paine eager to help Australia take fresh guard post tampering saga.

Tim Paine, the new Australian Test captain, says he is excited about overseeing Australia’s transition in the wake of the ball tampering scandal and plans to consult “quite closely” with banned former skipper Steve Smith.

The 33-year-old has been installed as Australia’s full-time Test captain in the aftermath of the saga, which saw Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft receive lengthy suspensions.

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