Aussie skipper unveils hidden talent

Australian Test captain Tim Paine has unveiled a hidden talent during Cricket Tasmania’s Premier League one-day final on Monday.

Representing his beloved University of Tasmania, the gloveman opened the bowling against North Hobart at Bellerive Oval.

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Paine dished up some leisurely right-arm meds at rival batsmen Caleb Jewell and Jack White, starting his spell with a pair of leg-side wides.

But the 36-year-old eventually found some rhythm through the crease, a couple of his deliveries shooting past the off stump at a good length.

Aussie Men's Captain @tdpaine36 swapped gloves for the new white kookaburra in today's @CTPremierLeague One Day Final.

What eventuated was a genuine mixed bag! 🤣👇 pic.twitter.com/g386l6AL8r

The scenes were reminiscent of Matthew Wade’s famous one-over spell against Sri Lanka in December 2012, when the late Phil Hughes donned the gloves in his absence.

Paine returned in the middle overs, but bizarrely switched things up and bowled off-spin towards the left-handed batsmen.

The Australian skipper then managed to break at 114-run partnership, removing Tom Rogers for 52 with a rank half-tracker which was slapped directly towards the mid-on fielder.

Tim Paine taking a wicket in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League 👀pic.twitter.com/pQ9r07XryR

Paine finished with figures of 1/60 from his 10 overs as North Hobart set a target of 288 for victory.

Inevitably, Paine also opened the batting for University of Tasmania, but was dismissed for just nine in the run chase.

But opening batsman Jake Doran hammered 140 off 129 balls to guide his team towards a thrilling three-wicket victory.

Paine has previously bowled six overs in first-class cricket, conceding 23 runs without any breakthroughs.

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