Tim Paine, a former Australia Test captain, has joined the Adelaide Strikers as an assistant coach ahead of new season in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Tim Paine, a former Australia Test captain, has joined the Adelaide Strikers as an assistant coach ahead of new season in the Big Bash League (BBL). Former Australia bowler and Strikers coach Jason Gillespie believes Paine, who resigned from first-class cricket at the end of last season, can be beneficial to the franchise. “Tim possesses all of the qualities required to be an excellent coach.” “The experience he will bring is sure to help our players in all aspects of the game and bring more positive elements to the way we play,” Gillespie said in an Adelaide Strikers statement on Friday.
Paine is one of the most experienced players in Australian cricket, having played over 400 professional games across an 18-year career.
Paine was also recently named as an assistant coach for Australia A ahead of their forthcoming series against New Zealand A, which begins next week.
Tim Nielsen, Strikers General Manager, is pleased that Paine will be joining the team this summer.
“Tim is a fantastic addition to our team and will benefit us greatly this season.” Tim, a superb keeper and Test level batter, will be helpful working with our guys in both the field and with the bat. His capacity to deliver effective, immediate feedback is outstanding, and we eagerly await his arrival in Adelaide,” Nielsen added.
Paine captained Australia in 23 of his 35 Tests and played 44 times for the Hobart Hurricanes. He finished with over 1,100 runs scored, with 91 being his best.
Paine resigned as Australian captain in November of last year after a text message scandal. After a while, the batter stated that he is taking a sabbatical from the game for the sake of his mental health.