Banbury Cricket Club have recruited two new players to bolster their squad following the departure of Nathan Hawkes and Jonny Cater.
Wicket-keeper Tim Paine will be the White Post Road club’s overseas player for 2015, taking over from Cater, while pace bowler Karl Penhale has joined from Aston Rowant.
But it’s the capture of Australian Paine that will give the club a big boost. Paine plays for the Tasmanian Tigers in domestic cricket and is a product of the Australian Cricket Academy.
He became the youngest-ever contracted player in Australia when he received a rookie contract with Tasmania at 16. He made both his first-class and one-day debuts for Tasmania in 2005, scoring a one-day century later that season and a first-class century in the next.
Paine made his one-day international debut for Australia as a replacement for regular wicket-keeper Brad Haddin against England in 2009 and in that series scored his maiden international century. A further injury to Haddin in 2010 paved the way for Paine’s Test debut against Pakistan in England.
Paine featured in two more Tests against India before Haddin returned for the 2010–11 Ashes series and played his last international in 2011.