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After 13 years, Australia captain Tim Paine hits hundred

Australia captain Tim Paine ended his 13-year century drought as he hit his second first-class hundred at WACA Ground, Perth on Saturday.

Interstingly, the last time Paine scored a first-class century, now Australia head coach Justin Langer was opening the innings under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting. Paine was then 21-year-old when he smashed 215 off 409 balls at the same venue against the same team.

Batting for Tasmania in the his side’s first Sheffield Shield match of the season, the Australian skipper got to his 100-run mark as he cut Western Australian spinner Ashton Agar for a boundary.

His 209-ball 121, which was laced with 13 fours and one six, came to and end after he mistimed a pull shot off Jhye Richardson to get caught off mid-wicket.

Tim Paine was appointed Australia skipper after Steve Smith stepped down from the captaincy for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

The 34-year-old has played 26 Tests for his side but, interestingly, has not been able to score a single hundred yet. Tim Paine’s captaincy came under scanner after he failed to take a series of successful DRS in the Ashes 2019 series.

Paine had an underwhelming Ashes series that was drawn 2-2. He scored just 180 runs from 10 innings at an average of 20.

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