Former Australia captain Tim Paine is going to return to the cricket field once again. Tim Paine will play as a wicket-keeper batsman for Tasmania against Queensland on 6 October in the Sheffield Shield tournament. It will be 37-year-old Penn’s first first-class competition in 18 months.
A report in cricket.com.au said that the player was not offered a contract to Penn by Tasmania after being away from the game last season. But he will play the match against Queensland. The report said that Paine will be the wicket-keeper as Matthew Wade is with Australia for the T20 World Cup, while other wicket-keeping options Ben McDermott and Jake Doran will play as batsmen. “Pain has been training with us for the past few months,” Tasmania coach Jeff Vaughan said.
Paine stepped down from his Test captaincy after an objectionable chat with a former Cricket Tasmania employee and Pat Cummins took over as captain for the Ashes series late last year. Penn later turned away from cricket.
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The coach said, “It was not until we had selected in the last week or two, first he was named for one-day cricket and then he got selected for the Shield last week. Everyone wanted that.” One of the best wicketkeepers in the world came into our team.” Vaughan said, “It was good for him to come out of those scandals and play cricket again. He was very nervous before that match.”
The coach was confident that despite not getting enough playing time, Paine would soon be seen playing for the Tigers. Australia’s limited overs captain Aaron Finch has welcomed the return of Tim Paine.