Aussie International Tim Paine signs for Banbury - 26/01/15

Tim PaineBANBURY have completed one of the higher profile signings in HCPCL history in the form of Australian international Tim Paine.

Paine (30) played 4 Tests (287 runs at 35.87), 26 ODIs (737 runs at 29.48) and 5 T20Is for Australia during a 20-month period between 2009 and 2011.

Long touted as a future Test star, Paine was struck down with the reoccurrence of a serious finger injury just as his international career was taking off. He has spent the last few years either in ‘pain’ or trying to resurrect his fractured career.

It wasn't long ago though, that Paine was the golden boy of Australian cricket. In some circles, he was the anointed one, regarded so highly by the powers that be that he’d been earmarked as a future Test captain. At 16, Paine was all over the national newspapers, having become the youngest cricketer in Australia to win a rookie contract.

At 25, the baby-faced Tasmanian was elevated into the national side on the back impressive performances in both one-day and first-class cricket for the Tigers. He made his ODI debut in August 2009 against Scotland, replacing the injured Brad Haddin, and a month later scored 111 against England at Trent Bridge.

He was a part of Australia’s successful Champions Trophy campaign in South Africa before he scored a century as Tasmania won the 2009/10 Ford Ranger Cup final against Victoria. He made his Test debut against Pakistan later that year and scored an impressive 92 against India in Mohali in October, but his career was derailed just a month later when he suffered a broken finger in the ‘All Stars’ exhibition match in Brisbane.

After five operations and fears that his career was over, Paine returned for Tasmania and to skipper the Hobart Hurricanes after missing almost two full seasons, but failed to immediately replicate the form that saw him at the peak of his powers in 2010.

In 2013/14 he scored 473 Sheffield Shield runs at 31.53, but is still searching for that elusive second century at first-class level, having not reached triple-figures since he made 215 in October 2006.

Paine stood down as Tasmania’s vice-captain in 2014 in a bid to focus on his own game and was recently dropped from the Sheffield Shield side in favour of Australian T20 master-blaster Ben Dunk.

Given his recent omission, he has signed with Banbury for the Home Counties Premier Cricket League season in an attempt to resurrect his career.

 

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