Following 5-0 whitewash against England in the One-Day International (ODI) series, Australian captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine has hinted at possible retirement from the 50-over cricket. The 33-year-old was appointed as captain of Test and ODI team after Steve Smith was handed a 12-month ban following a ball-tampering scandal. While Paine is looking to continue playing Test cricket, he is likely to take a call on ODIs soon.
"All I know is I was coming here to do this series and I've said a few times before, when you are my age it's a bit foolish to look ahead. Certainly, I am really looking forward to captaining the Test team and continuing how I have been playing in that format. But where I go with the rest of my cricket is something we will discuss in the coming weeks,” Paine told Cricket Australia's website.
The wicketkeeper-batsman managed to score just 36 runs in the five-match series against England, with the highest score of 15. Interestingly, around last year Paine said he did contemplate retirement in 2016 but somehow decided to continue. “Certainly did last year (think about retirement) when I had an opportunity away from cricket. I am thankful that I stuck at it,” Paine said in November last year.
Meanwhile, Australia after the ODI series will face England in one-off T20I on June 27. Aaron Finch has been named as the captain of the side. And there is a strong possibility that the right-handed opening batsman might take over the captaincy duty in ODIs as well.