Sheffield Shield: Bulls gain early advantage over Tigers

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The returning Tim Paine was greeted with a big hug from a rival coach, but the former Australian cricket captain’s comeback was delayed after Tasmania was sent into bat by Queensland in the Sheffield Shield match at Allan Border Field.

Having ended his 11-month hiatus from the sport after stepping down from the Australian Test team in November last year following a sexting controversy, Paine was welcomed back with a warm embrace from Bulls bowing coach and former national selector Andy Bichel.

Listed to bat at No.7, Paine watched on from the pavilion as the Bulls took early control of the contest.

Test paceman Michael Neser struck on just the third ball of the day, dismissing Caleb Jewell for a duck after the Tasmanian opener edged a ball into the safe hands of Matthew Renshaw at first slip.

The visitors then seemed to steady their innings before paceman Mark Steketee struck twice within the space of three overs to leave the Tigers reeling at 3-24.

Opener Tim Ward (15) edged Steketee into the slips where Bulls captain Usman Khawaja took the catch via a deflection off Joe Burns.

Ben McDermott then fell in Steketee’s following over for a duck after edging to wicket-keeper Jimmy Peirson.

However, Peirson then blotted his copybook, dropping Jordan Silk down the legside off the bowling of all-rounder James Bazley with Tasmania at 3-44 less than a quarter an hour before lunch.

Originally published as Former Australian skipper Tim Paine embraced on his return to cricket after an 11-month hiatus


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