The former Test gloveman made his highest score since breaking his right index finger more than two years ago when he cracked an impressive 74 not out from 57 balls on Tuesday night for the Hobart Hurricanes.
Many wondered whether the 28-year-old, who lost the best part of two seasons and needed no fewer than six operations, could return to the level that resulted in him playing four Tests and 26 one-day internationals (ODIs) for Australia.
He has struggled for much of 2012/13 with a highest score of 40 in five Sheffield Shield matches and an average of 20 in domestic one-dayers.
A blow to the head from a fired-up Mitchell Johnson during a Shield match at Bellerive had added to the pain of an excruciating comeback.
Paine has slowly turned his form around in the Big Bash League and his timing couldn't be better as speculation mounts Australian keeper Matthew Wade will be rested for some of the ODI series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
"It would be nice if I get an opportunity anyway - I'm not too fussed," Paine told reporters at Bellerive.
"I think if I get another chance ... what's happened in the past is all out the window.
"It's a fresh start so that would be something that I'd certainly be looking forward to."
Selectors indicated Paine remained in their plans when they picked him in the Australia A side that played the touring South Africans in November.
He responded with an unbeaten 60 and says he's confident he can push again for Australian selection.
"When that will be I'm not too sure," he said.
"Once I'm really up and firing, I think my wicketkeeping will stand out against some other guys that I'm up against.
"It's just a matter of getting runs on the board and I think (Tuesday night) was a good start."
The Tasmanian says he has learned to play with the "manageable" pain that is likely to stay with him for the rest of his career.
He says confidence has been his biggest hurdle this season, particularly after he was hit on the injured finger.
"Those first two months of the season, I thought I was batting really well," he said.
"I then came back (to Bellerive) and hit a flat spot ... and it probably knocked me about, more what the wicket was doing.
"A couple of hits on the finger at the MCG probably set me back a couple of months."