Tim Paine

Australia
Age
December 8, 1984 (37 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Hobart, Tasmania
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Australia
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Tim Paine’s journey from a finger injury almost ruining his career to a shock recall in 2017 to a bigger bomb in March 2018 when he was picked as the Test captain in the time of crisis has been a remarkable one. It’s been a rise like never before and it’s been an inspiring journey. A technically sound batsman who could make some handy contributions and a safe customer behind the stumps, Paine was more than a decent option as a wicket-keeper.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Australia, Tasmania, Australia A, Australia Under-19, Pune Warriors India, Hobart Hurricanes, Cricket Australia XI, Australians, World XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
35
35
3
890
111
27.81
1257
70.8
1
5
96
6
T20I
12
9
1
82
25
10.25
77
106.49
0
0
7
3
Test
28
45
9
1215
92
33.75
2712
44.8
0
7
139
3
IPL
2
2
0
10
8
5
26
38.46
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
35
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
12
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
28
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
2
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

It was back in 2005 – 2006 that Paine made his debut in all three formats for Tasmania. Soon he became the first-choice wicket-keeper-batsman pipping even the impressive Matthew Wade. In fact, he was seen as Brad Haddin’s successor and backup in the Australian side. Post the 2009 Ashes, Paine made his international debut in an ODI against Scotland and a couple of days later, he made his T20I debut against England.

In 2010, he made his Test debut at Lord’s against Pakistan and had a pretty good first year. However, as he was getting used to the wicket-keeper’s role in Test cricket, he broke his finger which needed multiple operations and it almost ended his career.

It took him nearly seven years to return to the international scene again as Australia had almost forgotten about him. Australia’s Test and T20I teams playing matches in the span of one day in two different continents opened up an opportunity for him. He was picked in the T20I side against Sri Lanka in early 2017 and later returned to the Test squad in 2017 for the Ashes. He hasn’t looked back since. He performed in ODIs and T20Is as well but hasn’t been consistent enough.

Test Career

Paine Test career started off promisingly. He got starts consistently in his first series as he scored 104 runs in two Tests. In India, he was pretty impressive as he got two half-centuries in as many Test matches and scored 183 runs. However, he broke his finger and a series of injuries meant it took seven years for him to return to the Test fold. He returned for the 2017 – 2018 Ashes and scored 192 runs at an average of 48.00.

He travelled to South Africa as the frontline wicket-keeper as well and after the ball-tampering fiasco, it was Paine who came the fore as captain. While it took time for him to settle in as the skipper, he has evolved into one of the best ones at the moment. He has led Australia admirably and has been decent with the bat too.

Overall, his Test career numbers read 1331 runs at an average of 31.69. He has seven fifties and is yet to score a Test hundred.

ODI Career

It was in 2009 that Paine made his ODI debut and started off with a bang. He scored 447 runs in his first year of ODI cricket and registered one hundred and three half-centuries. He was inconsistent in 2010, playing nine ODIs and making 278 runs. In 2011, he played just two ODIs as his series of injuries continued. He returned to the ODI squad in 2018 but wasn’t anywhere close to his best and hence, hasn’t featured in the 50-over side since. On the whole, he played 35 ODIs and scored 890 runs at an average of 27.81.

T20I Career

Paine has played just six T20I series in his entire career and that includes one for World XI who travelled to Pakistan in 2017. Paine played just five T20Is across three years (2009-2011) and could score a mere 22 runs. He returned in 2017 and his numbers didn’t improve either. He could accumulate just 60 runs in seven games. Thus, he was eventually axed from the T20I side. He has played 12 T20Is in total and has made a mere 82 runs, averaging 10.25.

IPL Career

Paine has played just one season of the IPL and that was in 2011. He was bought by Pune Warriors India at a sum of $270,000 and played only two games, scoring just 10 runs.

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