- May 5, 2014
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Melbourne Victory TSM
I didn't say he hasn't done a good job in a tough time. He did. But I feel now like he is the only player in the first XI who isn't dropped for poor form. Everyone is accountable, but it feels like Paine can remain in the team, despite falling below standards he himself set.PAINE DID NOT ASK TO BE CAPT, Smith and Warner as capt and vice CHEATED
(ok so Lyon s, goes as well,missed easy run out Cummins bowled crap , he goes, Hazwelwwood could not execute a yorker so he goes
Warner goes , (Paine and wade scored more runs in this series )
who is your call as captain
My call for captain? Smith.
Why? Because firstly, redemption. The man made an extremely poor mistake and poor judgment during a match and was held out to dry by the Australian public, myself included. He served his time and has been punished.
But I also know that we all make mistakes. We all screw up. I made a massive blunder in terms of personal judgment early in my career, learnt from it, and sought to never make that mistake again and become a better person/employee. I imagine many in this forum probably have similar stories.
So, I don't see what happened 12 months ago as a permanent stain to his name. If he's in the first XI, he is forgiven. He has earned the chance to show us why he belongs again, and, has already shown that.
So that aside, why else? He is the best player we have. He is a natural captain, excels in his role in the team when as captain. Shows more dogged determination and bravery than any other player has shown this series, bar maybe Labushagne. He has earnt leadership back through his deeds and the fact he continues to remind us that he is a step above everyone else on this team, both technically and mentally. Flawed? Yes. But we all are. He just be one of the few who now truly understands his flaws.