COURAGE: Captain Tim Paine giving direction despite his latest setback. Picture: Supplied.n team management confirmed that Tim Paine sustained a hairline fracture to his troublesome right thumb during the fourth and final Test against South Africa.
The injury occurred on day two in Johannesburg when Paine was keeping up to the stumps.
The Tasmanian appeared to misread a delivery off debutant swing bowler Chadd Sayers that reared off a length.
Paine was in immediate discomfort and undertook painkillers at the end of the over.
“It’s okay – it’s got a little crack in it,” Paine said after day three.
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“All I know at the moment, there is some sort of break in it,” he said.
“But it’s all in place, which is good.
“So barring another hit in this Test, it should be okay.”
Paine had been on the verge of quitting the game to take up an offer to work for ball manufacturer Kookaburra in Melbourne, but decided to play again for the 2017/18 season.
He had been overlooked for the Tasmanian side at the start of the summerbefore national selectors turned to the gloveman ahead of state teammate and Testincumbent Matthew Wade.