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Tim Paine breaks finger in All-Stars game

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 21, 2010

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Tim Paine plays the paddle sweep, India v Australia, 1st Test, Mohali, 2nd day, October 2, 2010
Tim Paine impressed during his four Tests this year © AFP
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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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Posted by ygkd 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.

Posted by A_J.. on (November 22, 2010, 9:24 GMT)

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

Posted by chickenpoo 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.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 22, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

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

Posted by Dashgar 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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by sifter132 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Cs1987 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).

Posted by dwblurb on (November 21, 2010, 13:22 GMT)

Okakaboka, there are just a few things wrong with your arguemnt. Firstly, McDonald would still have been playing for Victoria last weekend against Western Australia and would still have broken a finger, even if selected in the Test squad. Secondly, Hodge has retitred from first class cricket. It seems like you are not particularly well informed, but Test cricket is a form of first class cricket. Thirdly, Hodge, the retired batsman who South Africa bounced out for fun last time he played Tests at home, is Australia's "only chance of getting the Ashes back?" You are talking as if Australia are about to take on a truly great team, instead of a middle-ranking side who have yet to beat anyone of consequence. Tonight's match was of course completely pointless, but injuries can occur anytime and place, at training as well as in matches.

Posted by Okakaboka on (November 21, 2010, 12:18 GMT)

Yep..Like Andrew McDonald's injury, selection blunders have done it again. If Paine had rightly been picked ahead of Haddin, he wouldn't have been playing in this game. Think cause and effect everyone. Bad selection means bad Karma. McDonald should have been selected in the test team....cause and effect...he wouldn't have a broken hand and now be unavailable to help Australia win back the Ashes. OKAY....we only have one card to play...bite your bottom lip Chappel and Hilditch...pick the best batsman in Australia NOW!! AT any cost...he is our best chance...maybe our only chance to get the Ashes back. Get rid of that useless pretend batsman who can't bat, field or bowl..(North)..and put BRAD HODGE in the test team. It isn't rocket science...common..it isn't hard..he may have said he has retired from the long form of the game....he is needed..you are not Hilditch!..you are hopeless..He is a genuine untapped talent. It is your poor treatment of him that caused him to retire. Put it right!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2010, 11:55 GMT)

really unlucky for tim wish him a quick recovery hand related injuries are the worst. im guessing that ethier wade or hartley will be the back up now more than likely wade as he is looking like a great prospect

Posted by jlw74 on (November 21, 2010, 11:33 GMT)

Can someone please tell me the point of tonights match? It was billed as the launch to the season after 3 ODI's and an A 4 day match against a touring England. Now despite not being picked Australia's best young cricketer yes best is injured long term for a pointless exhibition match.

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