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Sheffield Shield, 2020-21 – Tim Paine’s career rollercoaster gives him dose of perspective




Australia’s Test captain is keen to play as much cricket as he can for Tasmania in the latter part of the season

It’s unlikely that Tim Paine will be seen with ball in hand over the next few days, but Australia’s Test captain is eager to get back out into the middle for Tasmania with the resumption of the Sheffield Shield having had almost a month to reflect on the series defeat against India.

The 2-1 loss, which finished with India’s dramatic run chase in the final session at the Gabba, has led to a hefty post-mortem of the Test side which is now set to remain in moth balls until the end of the year with the South Africa tour postponed and the World Test Championship final out of their hands.

Paine has debriefed the series with Justin Langer – who himself has come under pressure amid talk of dressing-room tension – and the rest of the coaching staff including as recently as Tuesday. He expected significant fallout which is usually the case when Australia lose at home but believes the ups and downs of his career have helped him.

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