It took 13 years for Tim Paine to score a second first-class century but just 12 months to score his third as the Test skipper warmed up for a showdown with Virat Kohli this summer by reaching triple figures for Tasmania.
Paine had hardly been without a bat in his hand before and during the clash with the hapless South Australians, desperate for a big score as a mark of his intent after a long winter off.
The national captain was taking throwdowns at every interval, in the nets or not, and his practice made something close to perfect in a 191-ball century he brought up with a poweful pull shot for four.
His celebrations were muted, limited to his helmet coming off and raising his bat to his teammates, but it was an innings that no doubt meant a lot.
Paine even defied a hard shot to his elbow when he was on 41, as Redbacks quick Wes Agar did his best to rough the Tassie skipper up.
There was little doubt it hurt Paine, who took some time to shake it off.
But in Agar’s next over Paine his back to back boundaries to pass 50, before reaching hundred just after the drinks break on day three as he started to run out of partners with Tasmania bossed the game at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.
It was Paine’s second Shield hundred in 12 months, his last coming in October last year against WA, but 13 years after his maiden first-class century in 2006. He is yet to reach triple-figures at Test level, with a highest score of 92 among his seven half-centuries.
Paine declared when he was unbeaten on 111, Tasmania on 8-493 and his side 298 runs in front
The captain’s century overshadowed teammate Jake Doran who scores his second hundred as the Tigers took the Redbacks bowlers apart.
Tim Paine congratulates Jake Doran after reaching his century in Adelaide, (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Amplying the SA struggles, never before, in 414 matches, had four batsmen made at least 76 in a Tasmanian Shield innings.
Stalwart South Australian seamer Chadd Sayers said the Rebacks had to “stick with” spinning hope Lloyd Pope who typified his team’s struggles and looked a long way off the bowler who started the season with a bang, taking five wickets against WA, which got plenty excited.
The young leg-spinner went at more than six runs an over in that effort, and failed to have any penetration in game two
Bowling far too many hittable half-trackers – Paine smashed him for a massive six – Pope had figures of 2- when Paine reached his hundred and leggie looked way off the first-class pace.
“Leg-spin is a tough art to conquer and he’s only 20, you have to stick with him, there are not many good spinners around so when you get one like Lloyd you are going to put time in to him,” Sayers said.
“He’ll have off days, as a team you have to cop that.”
Redbacks captain Travis Head also took a blow to his finger while fielding, but after leaving the field for treatment returned to skipper his ailing side.
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