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Tim Paine ‘fascinated’ ahead of Test cricket’s resumption

Tim Paine, the Australia Test captain will be keeping a close eye on proceedings when England lock horns against West Indies in the much-anticipated Test series starting on July 8. The three-match series will mark the resumption of cricket following a few month’s suspension due to global COVID-19 outbreak.

“I am fascinated like anyone is to watch some Test cricket again and to see exactly how the West Indies and England series is going to work and the different things that they are going to be doing that haven’t been done before in cricket,” Paine said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday (June 23).

“I think it is going to be interesting and certainly for me and Justin [Langer] and the Australian international players it”s something we are going to watch very closely,” he further added.

As per the current schedule, following England’s back to back home series against West Indies and Pakistan, Test cricket’s next destination will be Australia, as Paine’s men will host Afghanistan and India towards the end of this year. Hence, the Aussie skipper feels by following the England-West Indies series people an get a fair idea of about the new rules and regulations (i.e. saliva ban), which is will come into force in the wake of coronavirus threat.

Meanwhile, talking about his team’s assignments in the next home summer, Paine put emphasis on the importance of utilising the ‘pre-season’.

“The next Test we’ll play is our summer, so we”re really lucky here that we’ll have a pre-season, all our nationally contracted players have gone back to their states, which is a great thing for both them and all our young domestic players in the country to be learning off Steve Smith, Marnus [Labuschagne], Pat Cummins and all these guys.”

“You get a mental freshen up, which your David Warners and Pats and Steves never get, but also these guys are getting to do a full pre-season, getting their bodies right, which they haven’t been able to do for a number of years.

“I think our Australian cricketers will be as well prepared as they’ve ever been come their first game, whether that’s Test cricket, one-day cricket or T20.”

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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