New Australian Test captain Tim Paine claimed that Australian cricket team will not use the sledging as part of their game tactics. For a long time, sledging has been an important part of Australian games tactics during the international cricket. But recently that created huge pressure on themselves as those tactics were backfired on them.
In the recently concluded four-match Test series against the hosts South Africa, Australian team were totally in controversies including the ball-tampering scandal. In that series, Australian team’s continuous on-field sledging created heat in the matches and that ultimately affected in their game too. They were heavily criticized for their excessive sledging.
Now, when the time has come to rebuild the Australian cricket team, new Test captain Tim Paine promised that the team will not use sledging as part of their game plan.
According to cricket.com.au, Paine said, “No, I don’t think it will, not a lot,” when he was asked whether sledging will be a part of their game plan.
He further added, “I think there’s always a time and a place to talk to your opposition, but I think what’s said and how it’s said will be very different going forward.
“A lot of this stuff we were actually starting to speak about under Steve (Smith’s captaincy) already. A lot of the players had their head around the fact we needed to change the way we play. Some of those conversations were already being had.
“I’m really looking forward to playing that role and winning back the trust and respect of our fans and the Australian public first and foremost. That’s a really exciting thing for our playing group.
“(Smith) is someone I’ll certainly be speaking too quite closely about how we go about it and keeping him in the loop. Because we’d started to have these discussions a few months ago and Steve was keen for the team to start playing a different style. So for me, it’s about carrying that on.”
The ball-tampering scandal hugely affected the Australian cricket team. Captain Steven Smith and Vice Captain have faced one-year suspension along with Cameron Bancroft (nine months suspension), while the head coach Darren Lehman stepped down from the role after the end of that Test series.
Now, Cricket Australia (CA) is searching for a new head coach of the team.
Talking about the improvement for the team, Paine believes that they were too much emotional in the last few years and those things carried away them from the game.
He said on that, “We’ll have a new coach going forward, we’re going to have some time off where guys can take stock and think about the way they want to play. But certainly, playing international cricket you’ve got to be as competitive as you can be. But we’ve got to look at different ways of doing that and more respectful ways of putting opposition teams under the pump.
“Part of what we spoke about a lot is playing on skill, not emotion. I think in the last couple of years at times we’ve been a touch too emotional and got carried away on that side of the game. That’s a small thing we can improve on.”
Paine spoke out more about that disastrous situation in the Australian cricket while he backed the Australian cricketing culture.
The 33-year-old Australian wicketkeeper quoted, “I don’t think it’s as disastrous as it’s been made out. We’ve had this incident which has brought everything to a head.
“During the Ashes, there wasn’t a lot said about our culture and looking back it’s just a few little things we can tweak and do a little bit better as a team. If we do that then I think the Australian public will jump back on board pretty quickly. That’s one of our main aims for this coming summer.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been blown out of proportion. It was certainly bigger than we anticipated. Even in South Africa, until we got back, guys probably didn’t realise the magnitude of it.
“The public and sponsors have the right to say and do what they like when something like that happens. We have to cop on the chin and rebuild the trust.”