TAKING CHARGE: Tim Paine speaking in Johannesburg during the fourth Test. Picture: AFPTim Paine is barely a week settling into captaining his country,but already the Tasmanian views the role as one oftransition.
The 33-year-old was given the official nod as ’s 46thTest skipperfor the Wanderers clash that started on Good Friday.
Paine, who grew up in Lauderdale,joined rare company just eight matches since his recall to the side.
Only 15 times has a wicketkeeper led the ns in 811 Tests including Adam Gilchrist in six of his 96 appearances.
Fairfax Media understands Paine has been given assurances that his position is safe beyond the South African series to allow for team stability.
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But Paine has said whilein charge of the n team, he is keen to implement some cultural change within the dressing room.
The move of ensuring bothsides shook hands on the ground prior to the first ball of the fourth and final Test was one of the initiatives that Paine requested with his South African counterpart FAF du Plessis.
“We want to make this environment in the n cricket team one that people can come in, be themselves and play their cricket to their best of their ability,”Paine said.
“And we want to have that sorted by the time that those guys [Smith, David Warner and CameronBancroft] are ready to come back into this team.”
Paine finished on five not out at stumps on day two, as struggled to 6-110 in reply to South Africa’s intimidating 488.