“My phone has been going berserk” – First public appearance since first-class retirement by Tim Paine

Tim Paine played 35 Tests and 35 ODIs for Australia

Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine announced his retirement from cricket on 17th March 2023 after playing an interstate match in Tasmania. After Tim Paine’s announcement, global tributes began to pour in. The former captain expressed his gratitude for the gesture.

Tim Paine said, “My phone has been berserk worldwide, which is nice. Reading some of the messages and social media stuff people have sent made me emotional.

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“I came to Cricket Tasmania at 12, 26 years ago, which is a long time. It’s an emotional time when you move on from something you love doing and care deeply about. However, I’ll still be involved in cricket.”

After Steve Smith was stripped of the captaincy following the “Sandpaper Gate” ball-tampering incident against South Africa, Paine led Australia between 2018 and 2021. As captain, he led the team in 23 Test matches, winning 11, losing eight, and drawing four. He is credited with helping to rebuild Australian cricket’s reputation. He represented Australia in 35 Tests and 35 one-day internationals and played 154 first-class matches.