Paine revels in learning curve balls

TIM Paine says he is learning all the time as Tasmania's stand-in skipper and relishes having the job on a more permanent basis with George Bailey on national duties.

"This year I'm getting more of an extended run at it, and captaincy is something that can be strange if you're just doing it for one game, then the captain comes in and you get it again six weeks later, it can be hard to come up with your own style as you're basically just babysitting," he said.

"It's something that I'm really enjoying. I think I'm learning all the time and getting better with practice and it's something that is going to be good for us to have multiple guys that can lead the team."

He said juggling between his roles as skipper and wicketkeeper was the biggest task.

"It's about learning when to switch off from that and focus on your keeping and not letting the game slip because I'm concentrating too much on my own game," Paine said.

"It's a challenge when you're trying to concentrate on your wicketkeeping but you're also thinking about the next bowling change or someone slightly out of position, or how you're going to get a wicket, as they can take away from your concentration."

Paine said his keeping wasn't quite at its best, but the adjustment to the dual roles had played a part in this. With the bat, he averaged 40.40 in the one- day competition and 41.50 in the Shield.

"If I can continue that mark for the rest of the season and maybe put 100 or two on, that an average of 40 could really turn into a good season," he said.

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