Former Australian Test captain Tim Paine is set to return to Sheffield Shield this week, after being named in Tasmania’s squad for their clash with Queensland.
The 37-year-old hasn’t played first-class cricket since April 2021, and stood down from the national team prior to The Ashes last year after revelations of a sexting scandal dating back to 2017.
Paine was not offered a contract by Tasmania heading into the summer, but had been training with the side in the lead-up to the season.
The Tigers released their squad for the match with the Bulls on Tuesday, confirming that Paine would take the gloves in place of Matthew Wade, who is away on international duties.
CONFIRMED: As first reported by @BenHorne8, former Australian Test captain Tim Paine will make his Sheffield Shield return this week, named in Tasmania’s 13-player squad for their season opener against Queensland.#SheffieldShield #QLDvTAS pic.twitter.com/4K6adS0hr0
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) October 4, 2022
I doubt he’s going all that way to carry the drinks… so you can just about🔒him into the starting XI.
Brilliant news 💪 pic.twitter.com/QOQrbUX6S8
— Brent Costelloe (@brentcostelloe) October 4, 2022
The wicket-keeper played for his Premier Cricket side University over the weekend, finishing with an unbeaten 20* in a one-day clash.
Hobart Hurricanes head of strategy Ricky Ponting has expressed his desire to bring Paine into the fold for the upcoming Big Bash season, and his return to professional cricket is a good sign of his prospects.
Paine’s return will begin on Thursday at Allan Border Field and will come up against the likes of Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne for Queensland.