Tim Paine is heir-apparent to Haddin, says Harrison

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Melbourne, Sep 18 (ANI): Tasmanian Cricket Association chairman Tony Harrison has said that Tim Paine's match-winning one-day century for Australia against England should make all cricket followers aware of his class and potential.

"Wicketkeeper batsman Tim Paine's first international one-day century scored against England overnight and his outstanding form behind the stumps have clearly stamped him as the heir-apparent Australian wicketkeeper," Harrison said.

"Tim has easily fitted into international cricket and looks extremely comfortable in the Australian team," he said.

Harrison said Paine was now clearly Australia's second wicketkeeper behind Test incumbent Brad Haddin.

"But I am confident he can and will take the next step," The Australian quoted Harrison, as saying.

Paine scored 111 runs giving Australia a 111-run victory over England in the penultimate match of their one-day series at Trent Bridge.

Australian selector David Boon today said that Paine was staking a claim for selection as Australia's wicketkeeper for the domestic summer.

"It will be very important for him to continue to show this form and confidence through to the last game in England and then in the Champions Trophy," Boon told ABC radio.

"Who knows? If he comes back to Australia and has a strong start to the domestic season his future is in his hands basically." (ANI)

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