Australia Selector says at selection meeting “didn’t spend a minute on Paine’s leadership”

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Australia Test skipper Tim Paine’s leadership was under scrutiny when the hosts failed to turn the benefits into wins in the last two tests against India. But the criticism of Paine has been called “far from the mark” as he was backed as captain of the South African series when the national selectors announced the selection on Wednesday. National selector Trevor Hohns revealed that the panel didn’t spend a minute discussing Paine’s position as skipper when they announced the squad.

“Tim’s leadership in our minds was never in question, we didn’t spend a minute on Tim’s leadership during our selection meeting” ESPNcricinfo Hohns said as follows.

Last week, former Australian spinner Shane Warne said there could be a “massive fallout” in the near future as many positions have come under the scanner after the loss.

“I think this will have a huge impact. You don’t lose too often from the second or third (choice) side,” Foxsports.com.au quoted Warne as follows.

Hohns believes Paine was unfairly criticized after Australia’s fortress – The Gabba – was breached following some remarkable performances by Indian batsmen Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant last week.

“He’s been a great leader in some pretty tough circumstances. I also have to say, if you don’t mind, some of the criticism he’s taken,” said Hohns.

“Our vision was quite broad and in particular some of it was bad taste by people from abroad. I think Tim has been unfairly criticized in this case,” he added.

Matthew Wade was left out of the Australian test squad for the tour of South Africa, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.

Wade will instead tour New Zealand for the T20I series, as Australia will play with both New Zealand and South Africa in February and March.

The Australian T20I squad is headed by Aaron Finch and coached by Andrew McDonald.

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CA has previously indicated that it wishes to complete the three-Test tour of South Africa, which is part of the Future Tours program and the World Test Championship.

The tour is subject to the last cancellation between the Cricket South Africa and CA boards.

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