Australia news May 6, 2014

Paine steps down as Tasmania vice-captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has stood down as Tasmania's vice-captain and been replaced by Alex Doolan. Paine's leadership potential has long been recognised and there was a time when he was considered a potential future national captain, but his own disappointment with his form over the summer has left him wanting to concentrate more on his own game.

Paine, 29, scored 473 Sheffield Shield runs at 31.53 during the 2013-14 summer and is still searching for his second century at first-class level, having not reached triple-figures since he made 215 in October 2006. He has played four Tests and 26 one-day internationals for Australia but has not represented his country since early 2011, having struggled with finger injuries.

"I made the decision to step down so that I can spend more time concentrating on my own game" Paine said. "I didn't have the season I would have liked with the bat and as a result I made the decision to step aside and let somebody else take the reins. I've given as much as I can to the role and it will be good to have someone with different ideas to lead the team."

Doolan, 28, will step up as deputy to Tasmania's captain George Bailey, although his availability for the state will depend in part upon his ability to retain his place as the incumbent Test No.3. The presence of Doolan in the Test team and Bailey in Australia's shorter formats should mean that one of them will be present for the Tigers at most times.

"I'm really looking forward to working more closely with George and [deputy vice-captain] Xavier Doherty as well as our coaching staff," Doolan said. "I'm excited to also possibly have the opportunity to lead the Tigers when George is off representing Australia. We have a fantastic group of talented players and I have no doubt we can continue to challenge for one-day and first-class titles next season and into the future."