Australian Wicket Keeper Batter Tim Paine combined with all rounder Mitch Marsh for a vital 48 run stand late on Day 1 (Paine scoring 21 including 3 4s and Mitch Marsh 32) not out.
Paine has been exceptional in his 6th Test Match since his return to the Australian Test side and his 10th Test Match over all. Scoring strongly when required by Steve Smith’s Team Paine now averages 40 in Test Cricket an impressive return for a fine player. Paine continues proving his years of experience for Australia over a 12 Year first class career.
If Paine and Mitch Marsh can bat for a long period on Day 2 the 1st Test could well be the Aussies holding the upper hand.
Paine and Marsh both have a strong friendship and it’s been evident since the 3rd Ashes Test in Perth where Australia claimed a famous 3-0 series lead.
Marsh 5 Years ago famously gave Painey his “Prince of Hobart” nickname and also jokingly gave himself the “Prince of Perth” 2 characters of Cricket can hold the key to Australia’s success after Steve Smith and David Warner both scored strong 50s on the opening Day of the 4 Test series in South Africa.
Tim Paine scored 21 not out late on Day 1 in Durban.