Australia captain Paine ends 13-year wait for first-class century

Australia Test captain Tim Paine downplayed his second first-class hundred, which came 13 years after his first and against the same opponent.

Tim Paine raises his bat after reaching his century for Tasmania.   -  Getty Images

Tim Paine ended a 13-year wait for a second first-class century in Tasmania's Sheffield Shield opener against Western Australia on Saturday.

The Australia Test captain had failed to reach three figures in a first-class match since making 215 in a Pura Cup clash with Western Australia at the WACA Ground back in 2006.

Paine ended his drought against the same opponent on day three, top-scoring with 121 in Tasmania's 397 all out.

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The wicketkeeper-batsman downplayed his contribution with the bat, stating "it means nothing to me."

Western Australia was 148 for 2 in its second innings at stumps with a lead of 88, Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitchell unbeaten on 74 and 51 respectively.

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