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Former Australia Captain Tim Paine is set to get back to domestic cricket after he was named in the Tasmania squad for the Marsh Sheffield Shield opener against Queensland in Brisbane this week. The Australian wicketkeeper who made his debut in 2010 in Test Cricket took an abrupt break from the game of cricket on the wake of a sexting scandal that dated back to 2017.
After he had admitted to having been involved in a lewd text exchange with a female employee of Cricket Tasmania, Cricket Australia were quick to investigate on the matter at that time and gave him a clean chit from all charges.
Tim Paine is currently with the Tasmania Tigers squad and he has been doing his training with the team but as an uncontracted player.
“Firstly his name was on the table for one-day cricket and then he was on the table last week when we selected (the Shield). And it was quite unanimous that everyone wanted one of the world’s best wicketkeepers into our side,” coach Jeff Vaughan told australia.com.au.
The coach was all praise for Tim Paine and said that he will come good despite having very short preparation time as he is all set to play what will be his 148th game in first-class cricket.
” We have absolute faith and trust in Tim and his preparation. Physically he is probably in the greatest spot of his physical career, emotionally he is sound. He has been training really well with us the last two months. We have got full faith in his wicketkeeping skillset, so he has ticked all of the boxes, Vaughan said.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch was super excited to have Tim Paine back in the scheme of things for Australia and said that his return to cricket will immensely help out Australian Cricket.
“I think it’s really good for Australian cricket to have Tim around,” He said.