Australia Test skipper Paine ends 13-year century drought



Sydney: Australian Test skipper Tim Paine has ended a 13-year drought, scoring his first century since 2006 on his return to domestic Sheffield Shield cricket after a grueling Ashes series in England.

The Tasmanian last reached three figures as a 21-year-old when he scored his maiden first-class ton — also against Western Australia.

Paine’s innings ended on 121 in Perth on Saturday when he mis-hit a pull shot off WA quick Jhye Richardson and was caught at mid-wicket.

His timely knock coincided with Australian coach Justin Langer praising Paine’s work in charge of the national team.


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