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Tim Paine Slams First-class Ton After 13 Years

Tim Paine, Australia’s Test skipper has led Australia well ever-since he took over from Steve Smith, but his batting has always been under the radar.

Cricketnext Staff |October 12, 2019, 12:18 PM IST
Tim Paine Slams First-class Ton After 13 Years

Tim Paine, Australia’s Test skipper has led Australia well ever-since he took over from Steve Smith, but his batting has always been under the radar.

But on Saturday, he brought up a rare ton, his second in 124-match first-class career while playing for Tasmania against Western Australia.

The 34-year-old hit a solid 121 from 209 deliveries to give his team a 56-run lead.

Coming in at a time his side was in a spot of bother at 176/5 Paine did well and strung partnership with Caleb Jewell and Lawrence Neil-Smith to take his side in a position of strength.

Such had been his form with the bat that he could only score 180 runs at an average of 20 in the recently concluded Ashes.

Despite being completely out of form, his record – 1164 runs at 31.45 – is the third best for an Australia wicket-keeper after Adam Gilchrist (47.60) and Brad Haddin (32.98).

Now that Paine has finally got among runs, he would like to continue his form in the upcoming series against Pakistan, that is scheduled to begin next month.

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