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Tim Paine

Tim Paine marks his seventh one-day international with a century, an innings notable for its precise strokeplay

Tim Paine marked himself as Australia's wicketkeeper-batsman of the future with a maiden one-day international century - but accepts he is not in the big-hitting mould of his illustrious predecessors.

Paine's measured hundred in the comprehensive 111-run win at Trent Bridge last night is likely to bring comparisons with the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Brad Haddin, whose reputations were built on brutal strokeplay.

The 24-year-old Tasmanian admitted he tried to replicate their style in his formative years but has since learned that a more composed approach suits him.

That was in full evidence in Nottingham as he crafted his way to 111 in a total of 296 for eight, setting up a victory which leaves Australia one win away from securing a series whitewash.

"I did (go for the big shots) a couple of years ago,” Paine said. “That's something I've learned being in the changing rooms that everyone plays differently, and the best way for you to play is the way you play and not try to copy anybody else.

"That's what I've done for the past 12 months. I had a period there where I tried to hit the ball over the top. That's not the way I play, and I'll keep hammering away as I am."

Paine, playing only his seventh one-day international, gave the hosts a lesson in limited-overs batting during a 148-ball innings containing 14 fours and a six.

"I'm rapt. Obviously, I got a bit nervous out there so to get it (a maiden hundred) out of the way and for the team to win a sixth straight game is a great performance," he added.

"My job opening the batting for Australia is to score runs and in the first few games I felt reasonably good but just didn't go on with it.

"I'm spending a bit more time at this level and getting comfortable with big crowds and all that sort of stuff.

Tim Paine

Paine enjoys his chance to impress, but expects Brad Haddin to reclaim the keeper's gloves after he recovers from injury

"By pushing myself mentally and trying to bat for as long as I could I knew I'd score the runs I was after."

Paine has stood in for Haddin in this series, after the first-choice wicketkeeper returned to Australia for surgery on the finger he broke during the Ashes.

While Paine knows he will hand the gloves back to Haddin once he is fully restored to fitness after the Champions Trophy, he has been happy with his performances at the top of the order.

"It was very important for me to make the most of this chance," he said. "I've got a short opportunity here while Brad's away. He's the best wicketkeeper-batsman in Australia, so he'll come back in and play.

"I guess I was in a positive situation where I couldn't really lose. I'm just trying to enjoy my time until he gets back and do my role - which is to keep well and score runs."

With the series heading to Chester-le-Street for its final stop on Sunday, Australia need another win to stay top of the International Cricket Council one-day rankings, having marginally moved back above South Africa yesterday.

Paine has little sympathy for England's plight, insisting that the tourists will be gunning to complete the rout in the north-east.

"We won't talk so much about the whitewash (in the lead-up to the game) but more the fact it is the seventh game and how we are going to go about winning it," he said. "But yeah, it would be very pleasing to go 7-0 up."

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