Paine’s cricket re-entry steps up

Paine’s cricket re-entry steps up

Tim Paine could have been lost to cricket after his inglorious exit as Australian Test captain, but a new coaching gig in the BBL combined with roles for Australia A have proven the opposite.

The Adelaide Strikers have added Paine to their coaching ranks for the upcoming season as an assistant to Jason Gillespie.

Paine has also recently been announced as an assistant coach for Australia A ahead of their series against New Zealand A beginning next week, having also worked with the Australian under 19s.

It’s a re-entry to the national set-up that could have been lost to him after he stepped down from the Test captaincy amid a sexting scandal.

That has, however, been no impediment to Australian cricket looking to Paine’s experience and leadership.

“Tim has all the skills to be a fantastic coach and it is so great for us that he has decided to join the Strikers as we hunt success this summer,” Gillespie said.

“The experience he will bring is sure to help our players in all facets of the game and bring more positive elements to the way we play.”

Strikers general manager Tim Nielsen said Paine’s expertise could be invaluable.

“Tim is a great addition to our team and will help us in so many ways this season,” he said.

“A gifted keeper and Test-level batter, Tim will be invaluable working with our players both in the field and with the bat. His ability to provide effective, direct feedback is top class and we really look forward to him getting up to Adelaide.”

Paine played 44 BBL games for the Hobart Hurricanes amid an international career spanning more than a decade that included 28 Tests as Australian captain.

But he was forced to stand down before the 2019 Ashes amid the scandal and never played for Australia again.


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