Matt Prior says “He’s got a target on his back now” slams Tim Paine in the Ashes series. He blows up Australian Test captain Tim Paine for his notation. Before the ECB confirmed the Ashes tour. Prior joined the bandwagon of cricketers to express. Their displeasure with Tim Paine’s behavior. Tim Paine stunned the cricketing world by declaring that the Ashes will be played. Despite the presence of visiting Joe Root. England’s complaints about quarantine protocols did not impress Matt. They were also advised to simply follow them.
Matt was surprised by Paine’s comments. Also, claiming him usually to be a ‘nice guy. Hence, Matt feels the Tasmanian has painted a target on his back. And then pointed out the Barmy Army’s tweet about the comparison of runs between Paine and Root.
“I’ve played against him a few times and he’s a nice guy, so it’s quite surprising to see what he’s been saying because it goes against him as a character. He’s got a target on his back now. The Barmy Army has already pointed out that Joe Root has almost scored more runs this year than Tim has in his entire career, and those are the things that nobody would have even looked at if Tim Paine doesn’t say the things that he does,” Prior told.
Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain
Additionally, Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain had already criticized Paine for his contentious remarks. The keeper-batsman, according to Vaughan, lacked empathy. Hussain mentioned that Australia had no right. Also, to lecture other teams about following quarantine rules. As they have hardly played any overseas Tests recently.
“The Ashes are unique and everyone gets a bit carried away and it can all get a bit ridiculous, it always has and we know how it works. For one captain to show a fair bit of disdain and disrespect to another captain is not what anyone wants to see,” Matt Prior said.