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Tim Paine returns to training for a 1st class comeback possibility

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Tim Paine, a former Test captain for Australia, might be back playing cricket in Tasmania in six weeks. Paine is currently working out with Tasmania’s state team as an uncontracted player. He plans his first comeback after losing the Test captaincy over a text message scandal.

The 37-year-old took a break from the game after stepping down as Test captain in November of last year. Despite not having a contract to play for Tasmania this summer, Paine never retired.

According to Cricket Tasmania, Tim Paine has resumed training. Tasmania’s first game this season is a one-day match against South Australia on September 28. But Paine wants to make a comeback in the club ranks.

Cricket Early October marks the start of Tasmania’s grade competition, the Premier League. Tasmania’s first Sheffield Shield match will start on October 6.

“We can confirm that Tim has returned to training with the aim at this stage to play in the CTPL this season,” a Cricket Tasmania spokesperson said.

The governing body declined to say further, but Ricky Ponting, a fellow Tasmanian and former Test captain is Paine’s other strong ally. Ponting was just hired as the Hobart Hurricanes’ head of strategy. He publicly expressed his desire for Paine to rejoin the BBL team.

Paine resigned as Test captain after confessing his role in a vulgar text conversation with a female former employee of Cricket Tasmania in late 2017.

A covert investigation by Cricket Australia at the time cleared Paine of any misconduct. He resigned just before the Ashes series last year after learning that the text exchange would be made public.

Paine’s replacement as Test captain, Pat Cummins said the wicketkeeper hasn’t been forgotten.

“Someone like Painey, firstly as a mate you want to make sure he’s okay. We all make mistakes,” Cummins said last week. “He did the wrong thing but he tried to fix the situation as best as he could…I really feel for him.”

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