Legendary captain Mark Taylor is dumbfounded at the lack of imagination shown by Australia skipper Tim Paine in the fourth Test, miraculously won by India in gripping scenes late on day five.
The former opening batsman believes Paine takes strong plans into every day of every match, but he’s been left mystified at his reluctance to search for a wicket in an unconventional way.
“I think his captaincy is fine – I really do,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.
“But in Leeds in 2019, in Sydney last week and then again today, he didn’t nail it. Sometimes you’ve got to find a wicket; you’ve got to manufacture a wicket. And I think that’s the step for Tim and his captaincy.
“It’s not always going to come from (Josh) Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins, (Mitchell) Starc or (Nathan) Lyon. At the end of the day, Australia bowled 100 overs, or the best part thereof, and Cameron Green’s bowled three and Marnus Labuschagne’s bowled one.”
Of the 97 overs Australia bowled in the fourth innings of The Gabba Test, Lyon completed 31, Cummins 24, Hazlewood 22 and Starc 16.
Pace-bowling all-rounder Cameron Green and part-time leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne rounded out the remaining four.
“He will look back and think, ‘What could I have done differently in Brisbane and Sydney?’ What he could have done differently was manufacturer the odd wicket,” Taylor said.
“All 10 wickets don’t always come from your four best bowlers. I think understanding that is the next step for Tim and this Australian cricket side.”
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