Lyon backs Paine to continue as Australian captain

SYDNEY: Australia spinner Nathan lyon He says Tim Paine It has been absolutely incredible since he assumed the role of test captain during turbulent times and he hopes that the wicketkeeper will continue on paper for the foreseeable future.

Paine received the job in 2018 after the then captain Steve Smith It was banned for 12 months from his part in a ball manipulation scandal in South Africa.

Australia lost a first series at home to India, but retained the ashes last year under Paine, who said he would support Smith's return to work after serving an additional one-year ban on leadership roles.

However, Lyon He says Paine is growing into the role.

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Tim Paine has been absolutely incredible for the Australian cricket The team told reporters in a video conference on Tuesday.

The way he came out and led this team has been incredible to be honest ... I really think he is growing every day, he seems to be getting better as a captain.

Roulette said that Paine assumed the mantle in the most challenging circumstances.

If you looked around that change-room at that time, I think Tim Paine really got up in my eyes, really stood up and could take that challenge on, I added.

"He took the captaincy on in the hardest time in Australian cricket and he's done an amazing job."

With Australia postponing its tour of Bangladesh in June in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lyon is looking forward to India's return later this year, even if matches have to be played behind closed doors.

I am excited about the possibility of India coming to Australia, it lives up to the bigger series alongside the ashes, he said.

Playing in front of crowds or not crowds is beyond our control, we have to follow the advice of all the amazing medical people around the world.