Cricket Australia CEO says he would love to see Paine play for Australia again

Cricket Australia CEO says he would love to see Paine play for Australia again

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley has stated that he would love to see Tim Paine return to the Test side, having defended his organization’s handling of the former skipper’s removal from captaincy.
 
Paine tearfully resigned as captain, three weeks out from the men’s Ashes. He initially intended to play this week’s series opener in Brisbane then opted to take a mental-health break, giving air to the speculation he will never play for Australia again.
 
Hockley is hopeful of Paine, who was expected to retire at the end of this summer before news broke of his indiscretion, will return to the Test XI.
 
“Would love to see him play again, for both his state and for Australia,” Hockley told SEN. “We want to see him back out there, playing and performing, as quickly as possible.”
Cricket Australia has faced criticism for the way they have handled the issue
Paine has gone through a lot recently, and cricket Australia evidently haven’t handled the delicate issue well. Cricket Tasmania Chairman Andrew Gaggin was livid with the way his former pupil was treated.
 
“At a time when CA should have supported Tim, he was evidently regarded as dispensable. The treatment afforded to the Australian Test captain by Cricket Australia has been appalling, and the worst since Bill Lawry over 50 years ago,” Gaggin said. Lawry was sacked in the 1970-71 Ashes and learned of his dismissal via the media.
 
Hockley, installed as chief executive on a caretaker basis in 2020 and given the title permanently almost a year later, said CA is trying to support Paine in the best way they can.
 
“The head coach has been down to see him, we’ve had members of our high performance set up go down to Tassie. The Tasmanian cricket community have put their arms around him,” Hockley said. “We are all very, very concerned – to make sure that Tim is well supported. A lot of respect for Tim for owning his mistake and our job now is to really support him.”
Australia look good to win the First Test
Meanwhile, Australian team under the captaincy of Pat Cummins, have performed brilliantly in the two days play at Brisbane. On the back of a solid bowling display on Day 1, the Australian batters delivered on Day 2, with Travis Head smashing a century in just 85 balls.
 
A controversy has broke out though in the first test. Ben Stokes bowled nearly 14 no-balls and just two of them were called out. Apparently, the no-ball checking technology at the Gabba stadium isn’t working.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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