Australian Test captain Tim Paine recently played the Border Gavaskar Trophy series against India. He instilled great confidence into his teammates that they won the first Test in a grand fashion. Australian bowlers ripped through the defence of the Indian batting unit.
As a result, India posted their lowest ever total in the history of Test cricket. On the other hand, Paine scored an unbeaten 73 and helped the team take a 1-0 lead. After taking the first lead in the series, they lost their plot in the next three games. Ajinkya Rahane & Co won the second Test match in Melbourne to level the series.
The third Test match ended in a draw in SCG. On the other hand, the fourth and final Test match at The Gabba in Brisbane had plenty of interesting things in store for the fans since it was a series decider. Team India breached the fortress and won the match by 3 wickets.
Tim Paine & Co were lost for words after India secured their second consecutive Test series win in Australia. Moreover, India lacked several key players on their side yet they managed to breach the fortress. India also became the first team to beat Australia in a Test match at The Gabba since 1988.
Tim Paine bowls slow off-break
Time Paine is best known for his batting, wicket-keeping, and his astute leadership traits. In a rare occurrence, Tim Paine announced himself in a different avatar. Yes, Paine rolled up his sleeves to bowl after a long time in his cricketing career.
The Australian international has been connected with the sport for close to 16 years. However, the 36-year-old has bowled only 36 balls in his entire career where he leaked 23 runs. However, he did not pick up a wicket so far in his quota of overs.
Needless to say, Paine tried his luck during the men’s grade division cricket. During the final of the Cricket Tasmania Premier League in Australia, the veteran bowled slow-off breaks. He plied his trade for the University of Tasmania in their game versus North Hobart at the Blundstone Arena.
Paine picks up a wicket for the first time
As far as the first innings is concerned, the veteran bowled as many as 10 overs. However, he leaked 60 runs and also picked up a wicket for the first time. On top of that, he ended a 114-run liaison between Tom Rogers and Caleb Jewell.
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Rogers who was batting on 52 including 2 fours and faced Paine in the game. The Australian Test captain placed the ball right in the middle of the pitch. The batsman attempted for a strong pull over the mid-wicket region in search of a boundary.
However, as it turned out, the batsman failed to time the ball properly. He gave it straight to B Kenzie as the latter took a catch in his safe pair of hands. On the contrary, Jewell essayed 112 runs off 105 balls with the help of 8 fours and a six.
Paine took his first wicket with the ball. However, he failed to score runs with the bat. The veteran had a bad day at the office as he managed to score just 9 off 13 deliveries.