On Monday, Paine had moved his car out to the street to create space inside his garage, where he planned to set up a home gym and install, among other things, a hanging stocking by the door to practice his cover drive.
He woke up to an alert the next day, which indicated that his credit card had been misemployed, and went out to see his car open and wallet missing.
“I’ve actually just turned the garage into a bit of a home gym and I want to hang the [stocking] off the bit where the garage door opens,” Paine told SEN Breakfast.
“I figured if I can, I can work on my cover drive while I’m at it, but I’ve actually hit a bit of a snag today because I moved the car out onto the street only to wake up this morning to a text from NAB saying my credit card has been used.
“I went outside and the car door was open and the wallet’s gone.”
Despite getting robbed, there was a small consolation for Tim Paine by the end of the day. Upon hearing the news, Paine’s sponsor immediately arranged for a makeshift set-up to be delivered to the Test skipper, who intends to fine-tune his game while spending time at home.
“Since that went on radio, I’ve had a message from Kookaburra and they’re going to send me some balls on a string that I can hook up in the garage and start training.”
The immediate card transaction, after the robbery, gave Paine an important detail to note.
“Actually, looking at my account, the boys went straight to Maccas – the boys must have been hungry.”