Australia news August 29, 2011

Paine in doubt for start of season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Paine, Australia's backup wicketkeeper, is in doubt for the start of the summer after breaking his finger at training last week. According to a statement from Cricket Tasmania, Paine, the state's vice-captain, broke his right index finger, the same finger he fractured last November during the Australian Cricketers' Association All-stars game.

Although the injury does not require surgery, Paine will be out of action for at least four to six weeks, and is in doubt for Tasmania's first match of the home summer, against Western Australia on October 11. Paine's injury came as Australia's first-choice gloveman, Brad Haddin, struggled for batting form in the recent one-day series in Sri Lanka.

Haddin began the series opening with Shane Watson but was demoted to the lower middle order after he failed to have any impact, and he was especially unconvincing against the spin of Ajantha Mendis. At 33, Haddin hopes to have several years of international cricket left in him, but he can't afford a lengthy form slump.

Paine, 26, who holds a Cricket Australia contract, has impressed during his four Tests and 26 one-day internationals. He is seen as a future leader, and captained Australia A during their winter tour to Zimbabwe this year.

His injury means that should Haddin have any fitness troubles during the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka, the Australians would most likely send for the young Victoria gloveman Matthew Wade, or the Queensland veteran Chris Hartley.

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  • Sanjay on September 1, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Should have been playing in the 1st test. Haddin is just getting worse everyday. Can't bat, can't glove the ball and obviously can't bowl. Not sure what value he brings. Make Rod Marsh the chairman of selectors and have the former great replace this poor choice of wicket keeper we have.

  • Hector on August 30, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere...Sorry mate. I have to disagree. Wade, Paine, Hartley, Ronchi, Uncle Bob, Grandma Guliwalimba, et al. all keep better to spinners than Haddin. As for fast bowlers......the gap is even wider. Siddle for example, would have 5 or more test scalps if old terracotta gloves hadn't fumbled simple chances. He is the worst of ALL the State keepers. This is common knowledge. Did you know Darren Berry is regarded by experts as being probably the all time best Australian keeper yet didn't play test cricket because Healy was a better bat. Wade will be a better bat than doubt!

  • Philip on August 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    If Paine is out, please send Hartley.

  • Bryn on August 30, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Ahsan_Shere --- yeah? no one needs to be told what class hadds is. i said "if anything happens to hadds"

  • wayne on August 30, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    One thing is obvious from these debates: any of the current state keepers would be - at worst - a an improvement over Haddin. Pity we don't need more than one keeper in a team, huh? To be fair, I think Paine is likely to be the next full-time Aussie keeper. CA have invested a lot in his development as a keeper and leader at the top level (the latter of which is probably key to his eventual success), I don't think they're suddenly going to dump him for someone else. Plus, Paine has already shown that he is a good middle-order bat in tests that can manage the tail well, and has done well with the gloves in the chances he's already had. I think CA possibly put too much faith in Haddin to find some form with the bat on this tour - having a second keeper in the squad would have been a wise idea...

  • Ahsan on August 30, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    @ Okakaboka, redneck, jonesy 2, Blake Houston: Brad Haddin's test match batting average is better than their ( Mathew Wade,Chris Hartley, Luke Ronchi & Tim Paine ) first class......Brad played double the first class matches to any of these four, also, he has dismissed more than 1000 batsmen collectively (all formats/F.C/International) behind stumps. He can keep to spinners better than any others. He played enough cricket in Asia before.

  • Tim on August 30, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Matthew Wade should be seriously in the mix now. He has been scoring a ton of runs in the Sheffield shield and Ryobi Cup for a few seasons now, and has performed under pressure as well, if you look at his performances in Shield finals.

  • hayden on August 30, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    haddins lucky paine hasnt already replaced him! agree with Okakaboka we have the worst gloveman in the country keeping for the national team. wade wouldnt be a bad replacement while paines injured. @jonesy2 & Kothandaram is ronchi even western australias first choice keeper these days? not too sure he is?

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Send Hartly, he's the best keeper in the country and scores good runs too, see the 2009/10 sheild season where he was the best player in the comp

  • kieran on August 29, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    I'm more concerned about Haddin's form troubles rather than any fitness troubles.

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