Tim Paine expresses interest in Adelaide Strikers head coach role


Former Australian cricket captain Tim Paine has expressed keen interest in becoming the head coach of the Adelaide Strikers if South Australia decides to separate the state and Big Bash League (BBL) coaching roles following Jason Gillespie’s departure.

With significant changes underway at South Australia this off-season, including the departure of long-time general manager of high performance Tim Nielsen and Gillespie, Paine sees an opportunity to advance his coaching career. Luke Williams, who has garnered attention as a coach in T20 leagues, has also stepped down as head coach of the women’s state team but will continue to lead the WBBL side and serve as an assistant coach in the BBL.

Paine, who served as an assistant coach with the Strikers in the last BBL season, expressed his interest in the coaching role while being realistic about the current situation. “Would I like to coach the Adelaide Strikers? Of course, I would,” Paine stated. “But at the moment, they have no GM of cricket and a number of other roles that need to be filled before any of that happens.”

He emphasized the need for South Australia and the Strikers to decide whether to continue with the existing model of having one coach or to split the roles. Paine expressed strong interest in the latter scenario, highlighting his eagerness to take on the challenge.

While acknowledging his relatively short coaching experience of about six months, Paine underscored his enthusiasm for the role and the learning opportunities it presents. He also noted that his current family commitments make a combined state and BBL coaching role impractical for him at this stage of his career.

Currently, the four states with a single BBL team have opted for a unified head coach across the state and BBL setup. With Brisbane Heat also in need of a new coach after Wade Seccombe stepped down, the coaching landscape in Australian cricket is undergoing significant changes ahead of the upcoming season.