We can count the number of times Tim Paine won the toss after becoming the captain of Australia’s Test team. Exactly once! Paine led Australia to eight Test matches (prior to the ongoing Test against Sri Lanka) and lost seven tosses, the first one coming against India at Perth. Australia eventually won that Test – the only one in the series that they managed to salvage. Cut to February 1, 2019, Paine finally won his second toss, courtesy of a twist of fate and a change of hands.
In an attempt to change his luck, the Aussie captain recently said that he’ll use his left hand to toss the coin and see if he wins it. This morning, before Australia took on Sri Lanka, Paine did just that. He grabbed the coin and used his left hand to flip it. The little devil went up in the air like a Frisbee, making former Australian opener Greg Blewett jokingly wonder about the legality of the move. The coin never actually ‘flipped’ while in the air, but rotated to the side once it hit the ground. Believe it or not, it worked! Netizens couldn’t believe it! Check out the tweets:
Paine looked ecstatic at the win, which slightly improved his toss-winning record to 2-7. The Australian side lost three early wickets after Paine elected to bat. However, Joe burns and Travis Head stood up to the challenge, notching centuries for themselves.