Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Paine Feels No Heat despite Skipper Talk

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Paine Feels No Heat despite Skipper Talk

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FIRST-time skipper Tim Paine acknowledges that leading the Prime Minister's XI at Canberra's Manuka Oval against England today is an audition of sorts.

But the man touted as a future Australia Test captain insists he is feeling no pressure.

C[pounds sterling]It probably is a bit of an audition, but that's a long, long way away,C[yen] Paine, 26, said on the eve of the one-day clash in the nation's capital.

C[pounds sterling]If I can get myself in a position to play enough cricket for Australia to even be considered for that job, then that would be fantastic.

C[pounds sterling]But as I said, that's a long way off.C[yen]

Tasmania's Paine has been the subject of growing speculation about his prospects, particularly given his appointment as leader of the Prime Minister's team.

It also comes off the back of his selection as the vice-captain of the national Twenty20 squad, a stunning result given he has played only three internationals in the format.

He also managed to usurp Test gloveman Brad Haddin as the squad's wicketkeeper.

The spotlight will be hotter than ever as the one-day season gets under way, while a place in Australia's World Cup squad is also up for grabs.

Paine denies the attention has, or will, affect his focus.

C[pounds sterling]Not at all. I don't think it's changed anything for me,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]I'm very honoured to have the captaincy, and very proud, I suppose, to be spoken about by some of the great names of Australian cricket in that fashion.

C[pounds sterling]But it certainly hasn't added any pressure.C[yen]

Paine said Australia's recent Test form had opened opportunities for the next generation and he would be ready, whatever that opportunity might be.

C[pounds sterling]I showed in (the 2009 tour of) India that my batting is probably up to Test level,C[yen] he said. …

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