Tim Paine © Getty Images
Tim Paine © Getty Images

There seems to be no end to Australia‘s miseries post the ball-tampering scandal which intervened their ongoing South Africa tour. Since then, they have been struggling to come to terms and can be noticed by virtue of their on-field performance in the Test series decider at Johannesburg. New Australian captain Tim Paine came out to bat on Day Two with the score reeling at 96 for 5 after bundling out hosts for 488. Paine had no option but to bat out a tough period before stumps to prevent any further damage. He did all this successfully, and came out to bat on Sunday (Day Three) along with Pat Cummins. Paine is also battling a hairline fracture which he picked up while standing up to the wicket to bowler Chadd Sayers on Saturday. He was in obvious pain and needed treatment from team physiotherapist David Beakley.

The diagnosis of a fracture was revealed on Cricket Australia’s website today morning.

In a unfortunate turn of events., regular skipper, Steven Smith, returned back home with vice-captain, David Warner, due to involvement in ball-tampering row. Paine was handed the captaincy after Smith’s ban, and he became the 46th Test captain for Australia.

On Day One of the ongoing fourth and final Test, Paine made a cultural change by initiating shaking hands of players from both camps to ease the tension surrounding the series since it’s commencement. At the time of publishing this news, Paine remains unbeaten on 32*, and is playing out a captain’s knock despite injury.