Tim Paine bids a quiet farewell to first-class cricket
Paine, 38, had not made any public announcement that he was playing his final match but had made it known to the Tasmania team that the clash against Queensland would be his last.
Following the early conclusion to the match, after both captains agreed to end it after just 62 overs of the final day with a result not possible, Paine was given a guard of honour as he left Bellerive Oval for the final time.
“He’s been a phenomenal player,” Silk said. “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 certainly going to be missed behind the stumps. I certainly won’t play, I’m sure a lot of guys who are playing now will say that 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.”
“Considering his age the level of the standard of keeping and he’s still been able to generate has been really incredible,” Silk said. “He’s always someone that 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.”
He scored 6490 first-class runs at 29.63 with three centuries including a best 215. He averaged 32.63 in 35 Tests with the bat and made nine half-centuries, but never made a Test century. He completed 157 Test dismissals.
He led Australia admirably post the Sandpaper saga in Cape Town, captaining the Test side in 23 matches between 2018 and 2021 including retaining the Ashes in a drawn away series in England in 2019.
But he played six more first-class matches for Tasmania across the 2022-23 season.
He played in two of Tasmania’s only three Sheffield Shield triumphs in 2007 and 2013 making 87 in the 2013 decider against Queensland. He missed the 2011 triumph due to injury.