Aus Tests a bit like Ashes; Smith, Warner to make difference: Paine


But Paine felt that a rising crop of young talent will compete with Steve Smith to be Australia's next captain.

Australia's ill-tempered tour of South Africa exploded in a ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town two years ago, leading to a review of the team culture among other measures. "So, it's not so much about looking back and trying to get them back for what happened last time", Paine said during a video-webinar from the comfort of his home in Hobart. It will be a different team they will be coming come up against and no doubt their team will be slightly different as well.

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With Steve Smith's leadership ban ending recently, there are doubts over Paine's future as Australia Test captain but he was supportive of the former skipper regaining the captaincy.

Not only the seasoned duo but the extremely talented Marnus Labuschagne also adds the necessary depth that the batting unit didn't have last time around.

On his return to the team, he was named Australia's player of the series in last year's Ashes, scoring 774 runs at an average of 110.57.

"I've actually just turned the garage into a bit of a home gym and I want to hang the (stocking) off the bit where the garage door opens", Tim Paine told SEN Breakfast.

"You put that amount of runs in a cricket side that last time we didn't have is helpful".

"We've got a number of guys to choose from who can put their hand up", he said.

Matthew Wade playing purely as a batsman also is an advantage, opined Paine, who will continue to keep wickets.

"It's still a really competitive environment where you're going at each other. but I think certainly in the time I've been in cricket, the banter or abuse level has certainly changed". "The batting line-ups that are going to be on show are going to be as good as you will see, so it's going to be exciting for fans and I think it's going to be who handles (the pressure), we know the conditions over here are going to offer the quicks something and I think it's going to be awesome to watch, so I can't wait to play in it", he said.

India are scheduled to tour Australia for a four-match Test series in December this year.



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