[caption id="attachment_808141" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-808141" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Tim-Paine-1.jpg" alt="Tim Paine" width="628" height="355" /> Tim Paine (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> Test captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tim-paine/news/">Tim Paine</a> is already preparing for the upcoming Ashes tour of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> later this year, calling it as the 'biggest series' of his career. <p></p> <p></p>Paine says he has been batting in the nets keeping in mind the English conditions, tweaking and improving his technique to be at his best for the series. <p></p> <p></p>"All the time I'm batting in the nets now, whether that's good or bad I'm not sure, I'm thinking about batting over there (in England)," Paine told <em>Cricbuzz</em>. "You know the improvements I want to make to my game are for when I get there. This is obviously the biggest series I'll ever be involved in, and I think I'll clearly get only one chance to play an international series in England. That's a dream come true for me as a kid growing up, watching it on telly, and realizing how big it is over there, and how hard it is to win, and being a part of a series like that is the pinnacle for me. I want to make sure I'm at my absolute best when I get over there." <p></p> <p></p>Paine's leadership been praised since he took over the rein in controversial circumstances in the aftermath of Newlands ball-tampering scandal. While he has led the team admirably despite winning one of the three Test series he's lead Australia, his return with the bat hasn't been eye-catching with his last first-class hundred coming during the 2006-07 season. <p></p> <p></p>At the Test level, Paine averages 35.14 with 984 runs and five half-centuries but the statistics don't bother the 34-year-old. <p></p> <p></p>"No, it doesn't because they were pretty clear when I was picked, that I was picked because I was the best wicket-keeper in Australia, and the job they want me to do is eke out as many runs as I can with the tail. Since I've been back, I've contributed reasonably well. I've been pretty consistent without getting big scores, and obviously that's something for me I would personally like to change. I'd like to score some big runs, and some important runs in a big game. I've certainly gained some belief in the last sort of 12 months that I'm good enough at Test level and it's now about fine-tuning a few things and being ready for this Ashes series," Paine said.