December 10, 2022
Tim Paine named in Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield squad

Tim Paine is set to play his first professional match in more than 18 months after being named in Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield squad to face Queensland this week.

Paine last played a first-class match in early 2021, but returned to club cricket over the weekend, where he took off the keeping gloves and scored an unbeaten 20.

“It was good for him to get out there and play cricket again,” Tasmania coach Jeff Vaughan told reporters on Tuesday. “He was very nervous before that match.”

“He has been training with us for the past few months. And it wasn’t until we had selected in the last week or two that first his name was on the table for one-day cricket and then he was last week. was on the table when we chose [the Shield], And it was unanimous that everyone wanted one of the best wicketkeepers in the world by our side.

“We have complete faith and trust in Tim and his preparation. Physically he is probably in the greatest place of his physical career, emotionally he is healthy. He has been training really well with us for the past two months We have full confidence in his wicketkeeping skills so he has ticked all the boxes.”

Paine resigned from Australia Test captaincy in November last year amid a text-message scandal and shortly thereafter said he was taking a break from the game for his mental health.

He did not find a place on the Tasmania contract list earlier this year, but contacted the state’s coaching staff about wanting to return.

Tasmania Squad Jackson Bird, Jake Doran, Jarrod Freeman, Caleb Jewell, Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Tim Paine, Sam Rainbird, Peter Siddle, Jordan Silk (c), Charlie Wakim, Tim Ward, Beau Webster

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