Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine takes up coaching role, to join Adelaide Strikers in BBL
Tim Paine, former Australia Test captain, is ready to return to the cricket pitch, this time as a coach. He has been named the Adelaide Strikers' assistant coach for the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) season.
Paine announced his retirement from professional cricket in March, following the conclusion of the Sheffield Shield season.
The former Australia captain was also selected as the assistant coach of Australia A for the upcoming series against New Zealand A.
Adelaide Strikers head coach Jason Gillespie was pleased with Paine's signing and believes his experience will benefit the players in the group.
"Tim possesses all of the qualities of a fantastic coach, and it is fantastic for us that he has decided to join the Strikers as we pursue success this summer." "His experience will undoubtedly benefit our players in all aspects of the game and add more positive elements to the way we play," Gillespie added.
Strikers General Manager Tim Nielsen was also pleased that Tim Paine agreed to join the team for the 2017 BBL season.
Tim believes the former wicketkeeper-batter's knowledge will be invaluable to the Adelaide team in the BBL.
"Tim is an excellent addition to our team and will benefit us greatly this season." Tim, a talented keeper and Test level hitter, will be crucial working with our players both on and off the pitch.
His capacity to deliver effective, straight feedback is exceptional, and we eagerly await his arrival in Adelaide," Nielsen said in a statement.
Tim Paine played 35 Tests, as many ODIs, and 12 T20Is for Australia during his career, but many remember him for his outstanding tenure as Test captain, when he and coach Justin Langer revitalised cricket in the country following the disastrous sandpaper scandal.