Paine's leadership is in question after the Test series defeat to India
Former Test batsman Peter Handscomb leapt to the defence of Tim Paine Thursday as the Australia captain came under fire in the wake of the series loss to India.
India's dramatic triumph in the fourth Test at the Gabba Tuesday led to a great deal of soul-searching in Australia and some of the country's army of pundits have turned the spotlight on Paine's leadership.
The 36-year old wicketkeeper-batsman has led the Test side since Steve Smith was sacked in the wake of the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal and has said he would like to return to South Africa as captain next month.
Handscomb played his last Test in 2019.
Australian captain Tim Paine insists he is the right man to lead his team to South Africa and to the possible Test championship final at Lord's despite a sub-par performance in the Test series against India.Posted by Sports Tribune on Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Australia's next test assignment is scheduled to be a trip to South Africa in February and March, although the Covid-19 situation across the Indian Ocean has placed that three-match series in doubt.
Looming beyond that is the home series against England at the end of the year, when Australia will be defending the Ashes they retained in England in 2019.
With Cricket Australia apparently still reluctant to hand Smith any leadership positions, there is a shortage of credible alternatives to Paine as captain.