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Australia selectors face Paine-ful headache

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MELBOURNE, Nov 23 (Reuters) – While Tim Paine will now not lead his crew out as Australia captain within the wake of a ‘sexting’ scandal, selectors have but to determine whether or not he’ll take the sector in any respect in the course of the Ashes.

Being captain was the one factor that assured the 36-year-old choice and he now faces a problem to show he deserves a spot behind the stumps.

Paine is the one specialist wicketkeeper in Australia’s 15-man squad to face England however selector George Bailey confirmed he’s no lock for the primary Ashes take a look at beginning in Brisbane on Dec. 8.

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Paine, who has not performed a first-class match since April, solely made his return to aggressive cricket from neck surgical procedure on Monday, turning out for Tasmania’s second XI in opposition to a South Australia aspect in Hobart.

As fellow Tasmanian Bailey seemed on, Paine took six catches and moved nicely behind the stumps.

Bailey, nonetheless, stated he would recuse himself from a vote on choosing Paine, a good friend and enterprise companion, if there was no consensus on the selectors’ panel.

“If the panel was not in agreeance on Tim’s position going forward, and it was going to come down to a vote, then I would step aside and leave that to Tony (Dodemaide) and Justin (Langer) to work through,” Bailey advised the Cricket Etc podcast.

“They’re both aware of that.”

The panel shall be anticipated to contemplate Paine’s match health alongside together with his glovework and batting when weighing candidates.

Paine was dismissed lbw for one batting for Tasmania’s second XI on Tuesday in a minor setback.

He is regarded one of many nation’s high keepers, although his glovework got here below heavy scrutiny in the course of the India sequence early this yr when he dropped three catches on day 5 of the drawn third take a look at in Sydney, serving to the vacationers avert a probably decisive defeat.

While missing a take a look at century, Paine has a stable batting common of 32.63 from his 35 assessments, which compares favourably with previous Australia wicketkeepers Brad Haddin (32.98 from 66 assessments) and Ian Healy (27.39 from 119 assessments).

His fundamental rivals embody Alex Carey, who Paine beat out for the place when recalled for the 2017/18 Ashes, and one other uncapped participant in Western Australian Josh Inglis.

White ball specialist Carey boasts a touch higher top quality batting common of 35.66 versus Paine’s 30.16.

Inglis, named within the Australia ‘A’ squad with Carey, can also be seen as a possible take a look at prospect after racking up 585 runs, together with three centuries, within the final Sheffield Shield season.

Neither Carey nor Inglis have scored many runs in current home matches, so the door could also be ajar for a darkish horse like Queensland wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson.

Peirson’s glovework is rated exemplary and he’s averaging 53 within the Shield season thus far, although his omission from the Australia ‘A’ squad might harm his possibilities.

While type is essential, Paine’s hopes of retaining his spot might in the end relaxation on whether or not selectors really feel he may be a serious distraction amid the pressures of an Ashes sequence.

The sexting scandal won’t be forgotten by Brisbane, and Paine can be a straightforward goal on and off the sector.

Former wicketkeeper Healy supported Paine’s retention however stated he would should be prepared for the warmth coming his method.

“He’s going to be a distraction if he plays, if he doesn’t want that distraction he shouldn’t be playing either,” Healy advised radio station SEN.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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Cricket - Ashes 2019 - Fifth Test - England v Australia - Kia Oval, London, Britain - September 12, 2019. Australia's Tim Paine drops a catch. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Cricket - Ashes 2019 - Fifth Test - England v Australia - Kia Oval, London, Britain - September 12, 2019. Australia's Tim Paine. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

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