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Tim Paine has a ‘target on his back’ after Root and Barmy Army comments, insists Matt Prior

Tim Paine has “ a target on his back ” after the comments about Joe Root and the Barmy Army before the Ashes, Matt Prior insists … while the former England goalkeeper claims they go against the character of the captain of Australia

  • Tim Paine appeared to show a lack of empathy towards Joe Root this month
  • The Australia captain also responded to a tweet from Barmy Army about his batting record.
  • But Matt Prior insists that those comments can return to bite him in the ashes.
  • Former England goalkeeper admits ‘everyone gets carried away’ ahead of series


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Tim Paine has potentially made a stick for his own back following his comments about Joe Root and the Barmy Army before the Ashes this winter, according to Matt Prior.

The Australia captain appeared to show a lack of empathy for his English counterpart, who had not had the protocols they would face Down Under confirmed when Paine was speaking earlier this month.

The 36-year-old wicketkeeper also criticized a Barmy Army tweet saying that if Root scores 80 runs in the first three Ashes tests, he will exceed Paine’s test run total with the bat alone with his runs in 2021, responding with : ‘I know I have 1,534 more races than the Barmy Army, so I’m happy with that.’

Tim Paine (left) has made 'a target on his back' before the Ashes against Joe Root's England, according to Matt Prior.

Tim Paine (left) has made ‘a target on his back’ before the Ashes against Joe Root’s England, according to Matt Prior.

Paine appeared to show a lack of empathy for Root (left) with comments this month.

Paine appeared to show a lack of empathy for Root (left) with comments this month.

Paine appeared to show a lack of empathy for Root (left) with comments this month.

But talking to bettingexpert.comPrior, the former England goalkeeper, said Paine’s comments go against his “character” but acknowledged that the run-up to an Ashes series is ripe for “everyone to get carried away a bit.”

‘I’ve played him a number of times and he’s a good guy so it’s quite surprising to see what he’s been saying because it works against him as a character,’ Prior, who scored 4,099 test runs for England at an average just above 40 – he said.

You now have a target on your back. Barmy Army has already pointed out that Joe Root has nearly scored more runs this year than Tim in his entire career, and those are the things that no one would have looked at even if Tim Paine didn’t say the things he does.

He then responded to a tweet from the Barmy Army looking at his Test Match batting record.

He then responded to a tweet from the Barmy Army looking at his Test Match batting record.

He then responded to a tweet from the Barmy Army looking at his Test Match batting record.

“ He has done them now and has a target on his back, but he’s the Australian captain so he will always have a target on his back. You will have your own reasons for doing that.

‘The ashes are unique and everyone gets a little carried away and it can all get a little ridiculous, it always has been and we know how it works. For a captain to show a little disdain and disrespect to another captain is not what anyone wants to see. ”

Before the ECB confirmed that the series would continue ‘subject to various critical conditions’ after positive conversations with the players, it was understood that several members of the England squad, including Root, were concerned about the protocols they and their families would face. in Australia.

But speaking to SEN Hobart in his native Australia earlier in the month, Paine appeared to be indifferent to those concerns, saying: ‘The Ashes are moving on. The first test is December 8th, whether Joe is here or not.

It will be settled above us and then they will have the option to get on that plane or not.

“Nobody is forcing any player from England to come. That is the beauty of the world we live in: you have a choice. If you don’t want to come, don’t come. ‘

Those comments drew a lot of criticism, including from Ashes-winner captain Michael Vaughan, who told ABC Sports: “As the captain of a test match, you have to show a little empathy. In the last two years, [Paine] he has not taken his team abroad.

He has not had to go through what these England players have gone through. He hasn’t been through what Joe Root has been through.

“Play only one format of the game. I think it showed a bit of a lack of class. I don’t think that went well with the players.

Former England goalkeeper Prior (above) believes the comments go against Paine's character

Former England goalkeeper Prior (above) believes the comments go against Paine's character

Former England goalkeeper Prior (above) believes the comments go against Paine’s character

“There is great respect between the two parties. And in particular, whoever is captain of an international team, I personally think he didn’t need to say what he said. ”

However, Paine’s taunting didn’t stop there, as he responded to the Barmy Army’s tweet saying, ‘I’d like to say apples and oranges, but it’s not even that.

‘Barmy’s army watches a lot of cricket, you’d think they’d understand the game a little better than that.

Anyway, what I do know is that I have 1,534 more races than the Barmy Army, so I’m happy with that. And I think in those four tests that I played in 2021, compared to 18 for Joe, I think I’ve had more sacks, so why don’t we tweet that?

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