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Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine retires from first-class cricket

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Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine has retired from first-class cricket following the conclusion of Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

Wicketkeeper Paine skippered Australia in 23 Tests between early 2018 and 2021, playing 35 Tests overall.

He stood down from the captaincy in late 2021 after it was revealed he had sent explicit text messages to a former Cricket Tasmania employee.

Paine became Australia’s 46th Test skipper after Steve Smith was stood down in the wake of the infamous ball-tampering scandal on Australia’s 2018 tour of South Africa.

He captained Australia when it retained the Ashes in England in 2019.

Paine, who debuted against Pakistan at Lords in 2010, averaged 32.63 in Test matches with a highest score of 92 and he made 157 dismissals behind the stumps.

He also played 35 one-day internationals for Australia.

Paine captained the Australian team that retained the Ashes in England in 2019.(Getty Images/Visionhaus)

The 38-year-old’s final outing was a low-key affair, with the captains of Tasmania and Queensland agreeing to an early finish at tea on day four.

Paine was given a guard of honour as he left the field at Bellerive Oval.

Queensland opener Bryce Street hit an unbeaten 102 to help his side to 1-184, still 248 runs from victory when the match was declared a draw.

The Hobart-born Paine represented Tasmania over 18 years after debuting in 2005, playing 153 first-class matches.

“He has been a phenomenal player, it is an incredible effort to have the longevity that he has had,” Tasmania captain Jordan Silk said.

“I’m sure a lot of guys will say there has never been as good a keeper as Tim Paine in Australia.

“Considering his age, the standard of keeping he has been able to maintain has been really incredible.

“He sets a great example with his work ethic for all our guys.

“We have been incredibly blessed down here and we wish him all the best in whatever he chooses going forward.”


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