Paine had been handed over Australia’s Test and ODI captaincies following the ball-tampering episode in South Africa which resulted in Steve Smith and David Warner being handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia.
Warne, however, doesn’t seem to be convinced with Paine’s own personal form which has seen him average just 15 with the bat in Test and ODIs since taking over the captaincy duties. Under Paine’s leadership, the Aussies were handed a 5-0 whitewash by arch-rivals England in an ODI series.
“The Australian way is always to pick your best team,” the leg-spinning great told Fox Sports News.
“There’s a lot of talk about should Tim Paine be in the side? He’s the captain at the moment.
“We as Australians should always pick our best team and then you pick your captain and vice-captain from that. I don’t think we should just make a captain and then fit a side around him.
“I think the captain and vice-captain should still be up for grabs because I want to see us pick the best side possible. If Tim Paine’s in the best side and he’s the best guy to be captain then make him captain.”
One option that Warne believes could be a good fit for the Australia captaincy is off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
“He’s a senior player, he’s an experienced player in the side, spinners generally think about the game pretty well, Nathan Lyon thinks about the game pretty well. Even the big quickies do in Starc and Hazlewood, Cummins is young but why not have a look at him either,” Warne said.
Paine’s next assignment as Australia skipper will be a two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE which is scheduled to take place in October.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a club match for Lahore Club Cricket Association (LCCA) on Wednesday, Sarfaz said that familiarity of playing in home conditions should favour Pakistan in the tournament in the UAE.
“We will have a psychological edge over India because UAE is our home ground and we are in a better position to gauge the conditions and utilise it to our advantage,” the wicketkeeper batsman was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.
“On the other hand, Virat Kohli-XI is a stronger outfit as far as overall experience is concerned,” he added.
The two arch-rivals and neighbours last met in the ICC Champions Trophy final in London last year where Pakistan triumphed by 180 runs to capture the crown.
“I am hopeful that it will be a good match because this is the first time both sides are facing each other after the Champions Trophy final,” said Sarfraz.
India are currently locked in a five-match Test series in England and trail the hosts 0-2 after defeats at Edgbaston and Lord’s. Virat Kohli’s men have been derided from all quarters for their lackadaisical preparations in which they played only one warm-up game against Essex.
Pakistan had toured England as well earlier this summer and had held the hosts to a 1-1 draw in the two-match series. The Pakistan skipper believes his side were helped by much stronger preparations in which they played three warm-up games in total before the start of the series.
“I have toured England twice and both times Pakistan team performed well. According to me, whichever Asian team travels to England tend to struggle. India is no different as the conditions there are really tough,” he was quoted as saying by Times Now.
“I guess Pakistan’s preparations were good. If we are talking about my first tour there (in 2016), we had reached England 25 days before the start of the series. We had a 10-day camp and then played two practice games – which helped us immensely,” he added.
India and Pakistan are slated to clash on September 19 in the Asia Cup in Dubai.
For the first time since their innings defeat to England at Lord’s, team India finally hit the nets as they began their preparations for the third Test at Trent Bridge which gets underway on Saturday.
The Indian team had surprised many after opting not to take part in any net sessions following their defeat by an innings and 159 runs in the Lord’s Test which culminated last Sunday.
Virat Kohli and his men had stayed back in London as they celebrated the nation’s Independence Day on Wednesday before travelling to Nottingham later in the day.
On Thursday morning, Kohli and his men wasted no time in hitting the nets as preparations for the third Test started in earnest.
The India skipper is recovering from a back injury which emerged during the Lord’s Test but he seemed to be in good spirits during Thursday’s training session as he led the session.
The team and support staff also observed a minute’s silence during the practice session following the passing away of legendary India skipper and batsman Ajit Wadekar late on Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.
India currently trail the hosts 2-0 in the five-match series.