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    TIM PAINE

    AUSTRALIA

    Full name Timothy David Paine

    Born Dec 8, 1984, Hobart, Tasmania

    Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm medium

    Fielding position Wicketkeeper

    PROFILE

    Just like Pat Cummins, Tim Paine is another Australian whose career has been dogged by injuries consistently. The Tasmanian wicket-keeper batsman was touted to be the successor to Brad Haddin during the early days of his international career in 2009-10. A sound batsman with a few innovative shots in his kitty, Paine was more a white-ball material although he did well across formats in the domestic circuit. He was slowly settling in as the first choice backup for the wicket-keeping slot in the Australian team before the spate of injuries started derailing him. His finger bore the brunt of those, requiring multiple surgeries as well.

    Paine didn’t lose hope though and kept working hard, more on his batting skills because he wanted to play as a pure batsman at some point. He gave up the gloves in domestic cricket and was a specialist batsman in their side. Although the runs kept coming, the fact that the only way he could get into the Australian team was as a keeper meant that he continued to be on the sidelines. As time went by, he slowly started to keep wickets in the shorter forms but continued to play as a batsman in the Sheffield Shield. Matthew Wade was the wicket-keeper batsman for them over the years and his success allowed him to be Australia’s gloveman for a period of time.

    However, a poor 2016-17 season saw Wade starting to fall out of favor among the national selectors. After a 6-year gap, Paine was recalled for the T20I series at home against Sri Lanka although that happened purely due to the Test team leaving early for the India tour. Nevertheless, it did mean that the selectors had started to consider Paine as an option. However, his selection for the 2017-18 Ashes series at home came as a bombshell announcement, especially as he hadn’t kept in a First-class game for ages. It seemed like a gamble but Paine passed the test with flying colors, enduring a fine series where his glovework stoodout and at times, his batting as well.

    The Ashes heroics means that Paine has now cemented the wicket-keeper batsman slot across formats for Australia although his white-ball game isn’t as imperious as it used to be. There is stiff competition from young men like Alex Carey as well but Paine is soaking up the second innings of his career for now and hoping that he can contribute as much as possible. In the Big Bash, Paine has been a key figure of Hobart Hurricanes’ top order and also participated in the IPL at one point with Pune Warriors in 2009. Paine’s determination to come back despite the injuries has been laudable and Australia will hope that he continues the good work.

    BATTING & FIELDING STATS

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
    Tests 31 50 8 1330 92 31.66 3006 44.24 0 7 145 4 133 7
    ODIs 35 35 3 890 111 27.81 1257 70.80 1 5 96 6 51 4
    T20Is 12 9 1 82 25 10.25 77 106.49 0 0 7 3 11 2
    First-class 139 231 31 5888 215 29.44 12931 45.53 3 32 659 23 455 22
    List A 132 130 15 3844 134 33.42 5365 71.64 8 16 344 33 172 21
    T20s 80 74 3 1637 91 23.05 1335 122.62 0 10 161 44 56 15

    BOWLING STATS

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    Tests 31
    ODIs 35
    T20Is 12
    First-class 139 3 36 23 0 3.83 0 0 0
    List A 132
    T20s 80

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