Tim Paine ends 13-year drought of a first-class ton 

Paine made a first-class ton after 4,738 days for Tasmania.

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Tim Paine struck his second first-class hundred, 13 years after scoring the first, on Saturday (October 12) in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield 2019 for Tasmania against Western Australia. 

The current Australia Test skipper had previously made a double ton at the WACA in 2006 as a 21-year-old and finally reached the three-figure mark again. 

At the same Perth venue 4,738 days later, Paine batted at No.7 and helped Tasmania take a crucial lead over Western Australia with a magnificent 121. His 209-ball stay was glint with solid defence around which he also struck 13 fours and a maximum. 

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Besides Paine, openers Jordan Silk (44) and Alex Doolan (23) got their team off to a fine start. Matthew Wade (40) and Caleb Jewell (52) also made valuable contributions as Tasmania went past Western Australia's first innings total of 337. 

Coming back to Paine, he'll be hoping to carry this form at the domestical level forward to the international arena. Especially with people often questioning his place in Australia's Test side as a player. 

Nevertheless, the 34-year-old recently led Australia to a 2-2 drawn Test series against England in UK and ensured the Ashes is retained. 

He'll have the opportunity to continue that good run at the helm when the home season begins where Australia faces Pakistan and New Zealand. 

(Inputs from cricket.com.au)


By Kashish Chadha - 12 Oct, 2019

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