Tim Paine is already under pressure as Australian skipper. Picture: AP Photo
Tim Paine is already under pressure as Australian skipper. Picture: AP Photo

Do the Aussies need a new ODI skipper already?

TIM Paine's already tenuous hold on the Australian one-day captaincy looms as the major talking point after another disastrous one-day effort, amid a horror tour, against England at Old Trafford.

Pre-match talk of "leaving nothing out there" came to nought as the visitors did everything they could to hand the home team its first ever 5-0 series whitewash, in any form of cricket.

Australia was rolled for 205, in the 38th over, the smallest total of the series, having stormed to 0-52 through the opening five overs, a target easily achievable for England's world record holding batting line up.

Paine's run-out, going for a dodgy single in the middle of an already alarming batting collapse, was symptomatic of a team low on confidence and without a clear one-day batting plan.

The skipper, thrust in to the role after the suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner, has delivered just 36 runs in five innings and the lacklustre last match effort doesn't bode well for his future in the role.

When Paine, also the Test captain, was first given the job chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said it was for this series only.

Tim Paine is already under pressure as Australian skipper. Picture: AP Photo
Tim Paine is already under pressure as Australian skipper. Picture: AP Photo

"Tim is a strong leader and will captain the side for this series, supported by Aaron. A decision on a permanent one-day captain will be made in due course," Hohns said.

That captain could be Aaron Finch as soon as Australia's next one-day series, against South Africa at home in November, after the calamitous events of this series.

The Aussies gave up a world record 481 at Trent Bridge, then failed to defend 310 at Durham before the misadventures in Manchester.

Given just his second game Alex Carey, the next in line to be national white-ball keeper, made a promising 44 and his 50 runs in two innings was more than Paine's 36 in five.

Is Aaron Finch the man to lead Australia? Picture: Getty Images
Is Aaron Finch the man to lead Australia? Picture: Getty Images

 

Carey will also be vice-captain, to Finch, when Australia plays a T20 game against England in Birmingham on Wednesday, before they move to Zimbabwe for a tri-series of T20s with Pakistan.

Those matches are at this stage still going ahead, despite ongoing discussions between Cricket Australia and government officials after an explosion at a political rally in Bulawayo on Saturday and increased political tensions.



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