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Tim Paine is not a long-term option for Australia's captaincy: Shane Warne

18 May 2018

Shane Warne does not want wicketkeepers to be burdened with captaincy responsibility.

Shane Warne has been thinking of ways for the Australian cricket team to win back their fans.

Warne's confirmed move to Fox Sports adds tremendous star power to the pay TV network's plans to "revolutionise" cricket television in Australia. I don't think a wicketkeeper should be captain - I think they make terrific vice-captains.

"I don't think Paine is a long-term option - even though he's done a great job in the short time he's been there - but right now we just need to take stock". We have Justin Langer doing all forms, which is great. He also quashed murmurs that Australia should play like New Zealand - in the spirit of the game - and believes that they must find a way between the two cricketing cultures.

However, Shane Warne is of a different opinion, as he told Daily Telegraph: "I don't think we want to play like the Kiwis, which I heard someone say".

'But when you play with someone over a long period of time, just because you disagree on certain things, it doesn't mean you don't like the guy, or you hate the guy'.

Warne said in a statement: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the wonderful team that Fox Sports has put together". "I think that's un-Australian, I have never really heard any Australian sides do that".

Foxtel and Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany said: "We promised to build the most formidable cricket commentary team in Australia, and we have done that. I want us to play hard but fair, tough, uncompromising cricket, but shake hands and play in the spirit of the game and show good sportsmanship".

Paine was appointed as the captain of Australia's Test captain on the fourth day of the third Test match against South Africa, which came into limelight due to the use of Sandpaper on the ball by Cameron Bancroft.

The Australian cricket team's culture has come under the spot light after the ball-tampering saga that saw both captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner handed 12 month bans for their involvement.

Former coach Darren Lehmann said before his resignation that he supports the idea of changing the Australian cricket team's culture to follow the Kiwis' example. "That's what we want".

Tim Paine is not a long-term option for Australia's captaincy: Shane Warne