Paine upbeat about Australian T20 return

Once touted as Australia's next Test wicketkeeper, Tim Paine is refusing to be bitter about the injuries which derailed his career.

Injury-prone wicketkeeper Tim Paine will return to the Australian fold for the T20 series in India.

Injury-prone wicketkeeper Tim Paine will return to the Australian fold for the T20 series in India.

It is almost seven years since he broke his finger while batting in an exhibition game in Brisbane.

That injury took years to get on top of, with the last of seven surgeries finally solving the problem.

By that time he had tumbled down the pecking order with Matthew Wade jumping the queue.

"For me to sit back and be bitter about what happened would be pretty silly," Paine said.

"I'm really proud of what I've achieved in cricket and I'll always look back on it fondly, not at what might have been."

Paine will take the gloves in Australia's three-match T20 international series against India which kicks off in Ranchi on Saturday.

He was close to retiring at the start of the year to take a job with Kookaburra in Melbourne but a contract extension with Tasmania convinced him to persevere.

"It's turned around really quickly and I'm very grateful that it has," Paine said.

The 32-year-old returned to international cricket in three T20s against Sri Lanka earlier in the year, a sign he hadn't become the forgotten gloveman of Australian cricket.

With Wade under pressure ahead of the Australian summer, adding to his four Tests wouldn't be impossible if Paine started to pile up runs in the Sheffield Shield.

Paine insists that is not his focus as Australia try to restore some pride after being thumped 4-1 by India in the one-day international series.

"I know it's a bit of a cliche but someone of my age and in my position it'd be foolish to look too far ahead," Paine said.

"I've tried to keep reminding myself of that as well."

While he opens the batting for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, Paine expected skipper Steve Smith to use him down the order during the series.

"I think I'm one of the best wicketkeepers in Australia," Paine said.

"The area that's probably let me down in the last two or three years has probably been my batting.

"I feel that at the moment I'm keeping as well as I ever have, I just need to put some runs on the board."

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