Tim Paine, the former Test captain of Australia, quietly retired from first-class cricket after Tasmania’s draw against Queensland. Although he did not make any public announcements before the game that it would be his final match, he informed his domestic team before the game.
Following the earlier-than-anticipated conclusion of the match, Paine was honored with a guard of honor for his remarkable career in domestic cricket. Although the 38-year-old did not hold an official press conference to announce his retirement, Tasmania captain Jordan Silk confirmed that Paine had indeed retired.
Tim Paine retires from first-class cricket
Throughout his illustrious first-class career, Paine participated in 154 matches, including 35 Tests and 95 Sheffield Shield games for Tasmania. With a best score of 215, he accumulated 6940 runs and smashed three centuries during his tenure.
Since Paine did not publicly announce his retirement from first-class cricket, the news of his departure was revealed by Tasmania skipper Jordan Silk.
“He’s been a phenomenal player; I think it’s around 22 years of professional cricket. It’s an incredible effort to have the longevity that he’s had. He’s undoubtedly going to be missed behind the stumps. I certainly won’t play, and I’m sure many guys playing now will say there will never be another keeper as good as Tim Paine in Australia. So we’ve been incredibly blessed down here. And we wish him all the best in whatever he chooses going forward,” Silk said.
An inspiring captain, one of our finest glovesman, and a legend of Tasmanian and Australian cricket.
Congratualtions Tim Paine on a truly wonderful career 💚❤️💛#WeAreTigers pic.twitter.com/MkWvmBQPRR
— Tasmanian Tigers (@TasmanianTigers) March 17, 2023
“Considering his age, the level of the standard of keeping and what he’s still been able to generate has been incredible. He’s always someone you know is doing the work behind the scenes. I think he sets a great example for work ethic and all that sort of stuff for all of our guys,” Silk added.