Only One In 20 People Can Name Our Cricket Captain. Can You?

On the eve of the first Test against India in Adelaide, this is not the news story Cricket Australia wanted.

"No idea."

"Couldn't tell you."

"Ummm, a cricketer or something?"

Ahead of this week's first Test against India, 10 daily took to the streets armed with a picture of Tim Paine.

Tim who?

We might as well tell you since hardly anybody seems to know. Paine, 33, is captain of the Australian men's Test cricket team. True story. How about that, huh?

OK, so if you're a hard core cricket fan, you knew that. But on the busy streets of Sydney during lunch hour, it was tough to find many cricket tragics. Instead, we encountered people who offered responses much like those at the top of the story.

Indeed, only one person in the 20 or so we interviewed knew who he was.

So that's Paine in the middle flanked by vice-captains Josh Hazlewood (L) and Mitch Marsh (R). Now you know.

That's got to be a worry for Cricket Australia and other stakeholders in the game, who are struggling to recoup public interest after the massive public relations gut-punch that was the ball-tampering scandal.

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It's also a sign that cricket hasn't had much sunlight yet this summer.

Here we are in December, yet we still haven't seen a single game of international men's cricket on free-to-air TV under the new 7/Fox broadcasting arrangement.

Yeah, Greg, I'm Tim. You know, Tim Paine -- the captain? Sorry son, never heard of ya.

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So what can we tell you about Tim Paine?

Well, a fun fact is that he made his Test debut back in 2010 against Pakistan. Coincidentally Paine's captaincy predecessor, the suspended Steve Smith, also debuted in that match.

By the end of that year Paine was out of the team. Brad Haddin, Peter Nevill and Matthew Wade all stood behind the stumps for the next seven years until in late 2017, Paine was picked to be the gloveman for The Ashes.

It was a rare selectorial moment of genius. Paine couldn't get a game for Tasmania at the time. But he kept well and averaged 48 with the bat in The Ashes, and his position was secured.

His next assignment was in South Africa. When Smith and Warner went home after the ball-tampering affair on that tour, an experienced hand was needed as captain. A man who was a sure pick in the team and who'd been around for years. Even though most of Paine's cricket had been at state level, he was the right man at the right time.

And that's how a 33-year-old with boyish looks came to be the Australian captain who almost nobody on the streets can recognise.

Well, except for one person. She was having tea with a friend and we're not the sort of people to shove a microphone in somebody's face while they're having a cuppa.

Anyhoo, we were interviewing someone else but this particular tea-drinking woman overheard us and said "I know!" She did know too. Good for her.

Cricket Australia, you have one knowledgeable Tim Paine fan. Us here at 10 daily too. We love his work.

Paine is surprisingly popular with Pakistan players, who couldn't get close enough to him as he blocked out the final balls of the first Test in the UAE in October.

We particularly loved that moment when he clenched his fist in satisfaction to celebrate Australia holding out for a draw against Pakistan in the UAE recently when he and Usman Khawaja batted virtually all day.

Now to get the other 25 million or so Aussies on the Paine bandwagon.

Can't get near a telly at work? Don't care what the ex-captains in the commentary box think? Want cricket coverage with a little good-natured sledging thrown in?

Tune in to 10 daily's live cricket coverage good areas from 10 am Thursday. It's cricket with a tweak.