Aussie Test skipper ends 13-year century drought

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Author 2019-10-12 10:49:00

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has crafted just the second century of his Sheffield Shield career to end a 13-year drought and put Tasmania in a strong position against Western Australia at the WACA Ground.

During a 111-run partnership for the ninth wicket, Paine was able to reach the long-awaited milestone thanks to stout assistance from Lawrence Neil-Smith, who was 39no when Tasmania were dismissed for 397.

Paine, who started day three on 18, acknowledged the sparse crowd in an understated manner, shortly before tea.

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Tim Paine finally cracked the ton after a 13-year hiatus.Source:Getty Images

Coincidentally, the WACA Ground was also the scene of his maiden first class century in 2006, a mammoth 215 against a Western Australian side including current national coach Justin Langer.

Paine was ultimately dismissed for a 208-ball, 121 featuring 13 boundaries and a six.

The wicketkeeper and Neil-Smith enabled Tasmania to lead by 60 on the first innings after the visitors resumed their pursuit of 337 in 5-217. Caleb Jewell (52) also combined effectively with Paine before the skipper took centre stage.

A back cut off left-arm spinner Ashton Agar allowed a subdued Paine to raise his bat before he put his head down.

Jhye Richardson took 3-58 for the hosts while Mitchell Marsh claimed 2-60 and Cameron Green 2-72.

The trio may face a heavy workload in the second innings after quick bowler Joel Paris (1-64) left the field with a tight hamstring.

Originally published asAussie Test skipper ends 13-year century drought

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