Many people predicted Tim Paine would replace Brad Haddin as Australia’s full-time wicketkeeper. However, a reoccurrence of a finger injury cruelled his chances.
Paine had shown plenty of promise while playing for Australia in 2009/10.
He averaged just under 30 from his 26 appearances, took 35 catches and had four stumpings in ODI’s.
While he passed 50 on five occasions, his greatest achievement was a stirring 111 in England. He also held an incredible five catches in a match against the English in South Africa during the ICC Champions Trophy.
Paine played in four Tests during 2010 against Pakistan and India. He failed to reach 50 against Pakistan, but looked solid batting down the order.
In the first Test in Mohali, Paine struck a masterful 92 before being undone by Zaheer Khan. He backed it up with 59 in Bangalore, before suffering the first of his finger injuries.
To highlight his ability behind the stumps, Paine effected 17 dismissals in his four matches, including two tough matches in India.
Domestically, Paine has been a standout performer for the Tigers ever since debuting in 2005.
He came to the team as a specialist batsman, but it only took a handful of games for selectors to hand him the gloves.
In just his fifth Sheffield Shield game, Paine hit a career best 215 against Western Australia to cement his place in the side. Incredibly, he hasn’t raised the bat since. Still, he is four runs shy of reaching 3,000 first-class runs in a career spanning 60 matches.
In his most important Tasmanian knock, Paine rescued his side from 6/56 in last year’s Shield final with a patient 87. His 161 run stand with James Faulkner proved the difference as Tasmania held on for a famous win.
Still only 28, Paine is one of the most important members of their 50 over side. With 91 games under his belt, he has scored runs at crucial times, and has come up with big plays behind the stumps. He has scored five centuries in the Ryobi Cup and has taken 117 catches as well.
Not the biggest man in the world, Paine’s ability to pick gaps and hit through the field has seen him excel at the top of the order in the KFC T20 Big Bash league.
An integral part of the leadership group, Tasmania will be hoping he remains fit for the entirety of the 2013/14 campaign. Australian selectors will also have one eye on the talented Tasmanian, with current national keeper Brad Haddin nearing the end of his career.