Timothy David Paine (born 8 December 1984) is an Australian international cricketer who currently captains the Australian national team in Test cricket. He plays for the Tasmanian Tigers in Australian domestic cricket and was the captain of the Hobart Hurricanes before his selection in the 2017–18 Ashes series squad. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper.
A product of the Australian Cricket Academy, Paine became the youngest-ever contracted player in Australia, when he received a rookie contract with Tasmania at 16 years of age. He made both his first-class and one-day debuts for Tasmania in 2005; scoring a one-day century later in the 2005–06 season, and a double-century, 215, in his next innings. He was a part of the states maiden Sheffield Shield (then the Pura Cup) victory that season and also their 2007–08 one-day winning side. Paine made his ODI debut for Australia as a replacement for regular wicket-keeper Brad Haddin in 2009 against England, scoring his maiden international century. A further injury to Haddin in 2010 paved the way for Paines Test debut against Pakistan in England. Soon after, he played in another two Tests against India, before Haddins recovery for the 2010–11 Ashes series. From that time – including almost two full seasons lost to injury – he was not a regular in the Australian cricket side from April 2011 until his recall for the 2017/2018 Ashes series when both Peter Nevill and Matthew Wade failed to impress selectors. This was a large comeback for Paine, who was not a regular in Tasmanias state side and prior to the season had to be convinced not to retire by coach Adam Griffith.After former Australian captain Steve Smith admitted to involvement in a ball-tampering incident during the Third Test against South Africa in March 2018, Smith and vice-captain David Warner stood down from their leadership positions mid-match. Paine was announced as the interim captain for the final two days, although only one was required to complete the match. He was confirmed as the 46th Captain of the Australian Test side on 28 March 2018 by Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland when Smith and Warner were suspended and sent back to Australia with Cameron Bancroft.2019: In late January and early February Tim Paine captained Australia In 2 Test Match victories over Sri Lanka in matches test matches at the Gabba. In what was also the first home day/night test match against Sri Lanka over the Australia Day Long weekend (January 26 is Australia Day). Paine now 34 also celebrated his first Australian home Test series win as captain in the 2 Test Match series.
The 2nd Test Match in Canberra At Manuka Oval saw the first ever Test Match in the nations captital city. A match that began on 1st February 2019.