Australia's Tim Paine has said that the upcoming Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand may be the last time he captains the side at home as he enters the twilight of his career.
Paine, who turns 35 next month, was named captain after former skipper Steve Smith received an annual ban in March 2018 for embalming and the wicketkeeper became the first Australian captain after Steve Waugh to retain the box.
Smith's explosive return to the test page, where he got 774 runs in the box, triggered calls to restore him as captain and Paine said that conversations about who would eventually take over would happen, especially given his age.
"It could be (my last summer), I'm not so sure," Sa Paine told reporters. “But … I enjoy doing it. I feel good physically (and) mentally. So while it continues, I do enough runs and keep myself well enough, I want to continue.
"I know when you get to my age that can change really quickly. I really look forward to this summer, beyond that I haven't seen too far. I know what I want to do and what I want to achieve.
"I believe that when you are the Australian captain and the Australian goalkeeper, they are two of the most criticized roles in Australian sport and right now I have to hold them both. I know I will be in the cross chairs for people all the time."
Paine said Australia's top priority now was to return to the top of the Test rankings and win the World Test Championship (WTC), Australia is ranked fifth in the world and leads India with 244 points in the WTC standings.
"Our goal is to get back to the first rankings and we want to win that test championship, "he added." To do that, we have to be good enough to win in India and we have to be enough a to beat everyone, everywhere.
"That's the only way we're going to get where we want to get to. It's an exciting period and I look forward to being a part of it from the beginning and there is no end point at the moment."
Australia will play Pakistan in the first of two tests starting on Thursday in Brisbane. [1