Former Australian Captain Announces His Retirement 

image-lfc4u9uxPaine was an integral member of Tasmanian red-ball setup [Source: Twitter]

In a significant turn of events, former Australian captain Tim Paine has bid adieu to domestic cricket. Paine, who represented Australian state Tasmania, decided to hang up his boots after his side's recently drawn Sheffield Shield encounter against Queensland earlier this week. 

Notably, Paine, who scored 45 runs across both innings, received a guard of honour from his teammates after the game concluded. 

After making his First-Class debut in 2005, Paine represented Tasmania in 95 Sheffield Shield encounters with distinction, executing a record 296 dismissals. 

Tasmania skipper Jordan Silk lavished praise on Paine for his incredible contributions to the side over the years. He also reverberated how big a miss the 38-year-old will be behind the stumps. 

Here's what Silk stated

"He’s been a phenomenal player. It’s an effort to have the longevity that he’s had. He’s certainly going to be missed behind the stumps. I don’t think there will ever be another wicketkeeper as good as Tim Paine in Australia. We’ve been incredibly blessed down here, and we wish him all the best."

Besides recording the most dismissals by a keeper, Paine showcased his mettle with the bat, accumulating 4114 runs, including three tons and 21 fifties, for Tasmania. 

Before going out of favour, the gritty right-hander played 35 Tests for Australia and led the side after Steve Smith was banned following the infamous sandpapergate saga.