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'I'm going to cop heaps of flak' - Paine still keen on leading Australia after India defeat
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'I'm going to cop heaps of flak' - Paine still keen on leading Australia after India defeat

Australia skipper Tim Paine has discarded doubts over his leadership and insisted he will continue to captain his team throughout the duration of the ongoing World Test Championship.

Paine's men endured a dramatic three-wicket defeat at the Gabba on Tuesday marking the first time since 1988 the hosts have lost a Test in Brisbane.

The win helped India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as they romped home to their second successive Test series victory in Australia.

Paine's sub-par performances in the four-match series, particularly in the last two Tests, came under heavy criticism. He dropped a number of chances on the fifth day's play in Sydney when India fronted a brilliant rearguard to salvage an epic draw.

On the last day in Brisbane, Paine was at the center of another botched opportunity when he missed a stumping of Rishabh Pant, who led India to an incredible win.

Apart from Paine's ordinary show behind the stumps, he was lambasted by former players regarding inefficient bowling changes, field placings and seemingly defensive declaration decisions.

The added burden on Paine resulted from him being caught in the middle of a sledging scandal in the third Test as he was observed to be exchanging words with Ravichandran Ashwin and abused the umpire on one instance.

But the Aussie wicketkeeper said he had no intention of stepping down and would be in charge during Australia's trip to South Africa next month.

"I'm still looking forward to going to South Africa to try and win a series there," he claimed.

"We had a goal to make the Test championship final -- that's still achievable and it's a goal for me and the group."

Australia's chances of making it to the World Test Championship final have taken a massive hit following the unexpected series loss to the injury-ravaged India.

They are currently ranked third on the championship table, behind New Zealand and India. The series against South Africa presents the last shot at acquiring a berth in the final.

"I think I had an ordinary day in Sydney, I'll cop that on the chin," Paine admitted.

"It doesn't always go your way in cricket or in life so for me it's about soldiering on.

"I said a few times I have an improvement in me, I still feel like I want to get better and I certainly want to keep leading this team."

Paine took over the captaincy mantle in 2018 when Australia were suffering from the ramifications of the ignominious ball-tampering row. Then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the controversy.

"I'm loving the job. I'm going to cop heaps of flak I know that," he said.

"I've been absolutely belted by the Indians over the last seven days -- that's been interesting.

"But that's par for the course for this job."