Australian news November 21, 2010

Tim Paine breaks finger in All-Stars game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Paine, Australia's backup wicketkeeper, faces some time on the sidelines after breaking the index finger on his right hand during the All-Stars Twenty20 match in Brisbane. Paine was batting when he was struck on the hand by a 148.2kph rising delivery from Dirk Nannes, and he immediately retired hurt.

Channel Nine had Paine miked up during his innings and as he left the field with his glove off, he said it felt "seriously no good". When asked if he thought a bone was broken, he replied: "I think so."

Paine was sent to hospital and x-rays revealed what was described as "a clean crack" in the finger, although it was not clear on Sunday night how long he would be out of action.

Paine firmly established himself as the second in line to Brad Haddin this year, playing four Tests in England and India while Haddin was injured. Paine performed well in his first Tests, collecting 17 dismissals and averaging 35.87 with the bat.

However, Paine was not expected to play any part in the Ashes unless Haddin suffered another injury. Haddin will play the first Test at the Gabba starting on Thursday, and it will be his first Test appearance since the tour of New Zealand in March.

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  • Philip on November 24, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    I may be a Victorian who thinks Hodge & Macdonald have been dudded, but I still can't see that Matthew Wade is as good a keeper as Tim Paine. Is Wade a better bat? Probably. But you've already got Haddin with the bat, who really wasn't that great as a wk, until years of international experience improved him. Why do I say that? He started to take it seriously much later than Paine did. He had years of catching up to do. Top gloveman are in short supply, right through Australia's cricket scene because everyone expects batting like Gilchrist's. It used to be always recognised as a very difficult task to be a top bat and top wk at the same time. Now, if a young allrounder fails with either bat or ball, no knives come out, but keepers are only judged on their score. Quite a few would be brilliant bats if they didn't have to keep. Makeshift keeping is a blight on the youth game. Yes, Matthew Wade is hardly a makeshift keeper, but better than Tim Paine, Chris Hartley & Graeme Manou? Hardly.

  • Ajay on November 22, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Matthew Wade is a much better option, than both Haddin & Paine.....

  • Tim on November 22, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    I agree with Dashgar. Tim Paine is a great cricketer no doubt but theres others in state cricket who in my books make a better 2nd keeper to Haddin. Hads is fantastic in all forms of the game, he bats good and takes some great catches. But if Haddin was ever injured again I would say Mathew Wade would be the best 2nd choice for the test team. Chris Hartly would be best for the ODI team and Luke Ronchi is suited best for the T20 games.

  • Bryn on November 22, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    paine shouldnt even be next in line Luke Ronchi should be ahead of him at least

  • Tim on November 22, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I don't rate Paine ahead of either Wade or Hartley. If Hadden gets injured we are still in good hands (no pun intended) with these two. Bad luck for the guy though getting injured in such a meaningless match

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Hope Hartly gets the nod ahead of wade if needed as he was the best player in the sheild last year let alone best keeper

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Yes it is bad luck that Tim Paine broke his finger but dont blame the selectors. He could just as easily have broken it in the nets. I think if that was England's second string pace attack in Hobart, Australia are in for a tough time in the tests - We could still win because of the 'rising to the occasion" factor but England will also be highly motivated after the 5-0 drubbing last time they were here. It should be a great series because of the apparent closeness of the lineups but I would prefer to be going into the first test with the form of England than Australia.

  • David on November 21, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    jlw74: the point of last night's match was: a) publicity for cricket. The last 3 years it's been the 'start' of the summer ie. first match onTV for the season. It wasn't this year because of the SL ODIs, but they aren't going to ditch a regular match just because of that and b) it's a fundraiser for the ACA - Australian Cricketers Association, who get to keep a decent percentage of the ticket sales.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Okakaboka - Can't understand your use of the word "common" seems out of context. Unless, of cause you are talking about Hodge and McDonald. They are certainly fairly common.

  • Chris on November 21, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Good thing Okakaboka isn't a selector. McDonald and Hodge in the Test team? You have got to be kidding me. McDonald has already played four Tests and looked way out of his depth, there are heaps of better batsmen than him in Australia and his bowling is not needed with Watson in the team. Hodge hasn't played a first class match this year and has probably forgotten how to bat in the longer form with all the Twenty20s he has been playing. He is most definitely not the best batsman in Australia (one decent knock in eleven Test innings is a pretty poor effort - compare that with that "pretend batsman" Marcus North with 5 tons from 32 Test innings).

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