A decade after making his international debut, he is not only the world's premier bowler but Australia's 47th Test skipper, elevated to one of the nation's highest-profile roles.
Australia named paceman Pat Cummins as Test cricket captain and Steve Smith as vice-captain on Friday
His decision put an abrupt end to debate in Australia over whether he should take part in the Ashes, with the first Test against England opening in Brisbane on 8 December.
Paine quit as Test captain in disgrace last week over a historical text message scandal, but is keen to keep playing.
Australia will be without captain for 15 years if it is looking for perfect skipper, says Michael Clarke
Clarke admitted that the Australian Test captain needed to be held to a high standard, but he said the team would end up with few options if it has unrealistic expectations.
Tim Paine on Sunday said Australian coach Justin Langer wanted him to remain as Test skipper,
Paine abruptly quit Test captaincy on Friday over a series of lewd text messages with a female colleague in 2017 that he had learnt was about to be made public.
'Absolutely horrendous': Reactions to Tim Paine quitting Australia Test captaincy over 'sexting' scandal
Paine took over the Test captaincy in 2018 in the wake of the Sandpaper-gate ball tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket.
Tim Paine quit Australia Test captaincy over what he described as an inappropriate "private text exchange" with a then-colleague.
Wade missed out on a Test spot to Alex Carey for the Ashes and now the stumper's goal is defending the T20 World Cup title at home.
T20 World Cup 2021: Australia rise above recent turmoil to reiterate undisputed champion credentials
The circumstances under which this latest crown was won will send even the hard-nosed Aussie into unchecked rapture.
Australia, who last toured Pakistan in 1998, will play three Tests in Karachi (3-7 March), Rawalpindi (12-16 March) and Lahore (26-25 March) as part of the World Test Championship.
Finch remains positive the team would bounce back in their next clash against Bangladesh on Thursday as they plan two days rest before returning for training.
Test spinner Mallett died aged 76 following a long battle with cancer, while legendary allrounder Alan Davidson passed away at 92.
Starc said Australia's slide from being at the top in May last year to seventh in the T20 rankings is misleading and irrelevant to the T20 World Cup.
The 23-year-old has suffered nine concussions earlier in his career and the latest blow is bound to raise concerns about his long-term health.
Highlights, Australia Women vs India Women 3rd T20I, Full cricket score: Aussies win by 14 runs, seal multi-format series 11-5
Australia Women vs India Women, 3rd T20I Live Cricket Score Updates: Follow this space for the latest update on the third Twenty20 International between Australia and India at the Carrara Oval in Gold Coast, Queensland.
Australia Women vs India Women, 2nd T20I Live Cricket Score Updates: AUSTRALIA WIN by four wickets to seal the multi-format series! Inside edge off McGrath's bat does not travel far but she still runs a single to take Australia home. They win by four wickets and courtesy this win, they take the series.
Australia came to the 2007 World T20 as the favourites, their stature enhanced not just by the fact that they were World No 1 and the reigning world champs, but also because of a squad that was loaded with veritable heavyweights of the sport. But they lost their opener to underdogs Zimbabwe.
Australia Women vs India Women, 1st T20I Live Cricket Score Updates: Unfortunately, the match has been called off, as the weather plays spoilsport once again after holding up play for the most part in the first two days of the one-off Test. Both teams collect a point each, with Australia still leading the multi-format series 7-5