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Australia Captain Tim Paine to Miss Team's Pre-season Camp

Cricketnext Staff |September 3, 2018, 7:50 PM IST
Australia Captain Tim Paine to Miss Team's Pre-season Camp

Australia Test captain Tim Paine will not be a part of the team's pre-season camp in Brisbane ahead of the tour to UAE where the team will play a two-Test series against Pakistan. Paine awaits the birth of his second child with wife Bonnie Maggs.

"The plan is for me to stay home, get them home and settle in and then I'll leave from here, I should be okay. We are hoping in the next 10 days we will probably have him (baby boy). That will give me a week at home before I head off after that," Paine told Fairfax media on Monday.

Australia will also miss the services of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, after both the bowlers were ruled out due to injuries.

"It's going to be a huge challenge - we haven't had a lot of success playing in the subcontinent," Paine said. "It's not something we are worried about. It's a huge opportunity and great place to start if we can go over there and play well and win a series."

Paine took over the captaincy in March earlier this year after Steve Smith and David Warner were given lengthy bans for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

The 33-year-old has led Australia in six matches so far but is yet to register a victory and has lost all six matches. Australia also suffered their first-ever 5-0 whitewash against England in the ODI series in June with Paine only scoring 36 runs in five innings.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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