Australia news December 14, 2011

Paine's future uncertain following further surgery

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Tim Paine, Australia's heir-apparent wicket keeper, has been ruled out for four months and faces an uncertain future in the game after being told his battered right index finger requires extensive bone-graft surgery.

A series of breaks to Paine's right index finger, starting with an exhibition Twenty20 match in Brisbane last summer, and unsuccessful surgery to repair the damage in September, has left the 27-year-old with a digit not up to the rigours of batting and keeping wicket.

The new round of surgery, which takes place today, will seek to correct damage left by the use of plates that have broken when Paine has attempted to resume training.

"Tim Paine's recovery from surgery for a fractured finger has been slower than expected," Cricket Australia's doctor Trefor James said. "Tim has been reviewed by specialists and CA medical staff.

"It is clear that the fracture has not healed as expected and the best course of action is for Tim to undergo further surgery. This will be performed today (Wednesday) and it is expected that Tim will be unavailable for a further 3-4 months."

Paine played four Tests in 2010 and acquitted himself well, making scores of 92 and 59 in the Mohali and Bangalore matches against India. He was dropped to make way for the return of Brad Haddin at the start of last year's Ashes summer but he has been widely considered a future leader of the national team.

He captained Australia A on a successful mid-2011 tour of Zimbabwe, but is now unsure of when or if he will be back in contention for a Test spot. Paine was also captain of the Hobart Hurricanes Twenty20 team.

"I'm obviously disappointed with this latest setback. I am hopeful that I can get the injury right and recover fully so that I can get back to playing cricket in the near future," Paine said.

His absence will widen the window for the Victoria 'keeper Matthew Wade to press for Haddin's spot in the national team.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on December 16, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    @ youngkeepersdad - I was mainly trying to say I thought other players would of been worth giving a crack to BEFORE Ludeman. Maybe it was seen that Ludeman is not a viable BBL option - so they gave him a crack. I would assume because he has got experience that he is a decent cricketer.

  • ygkd on December 15, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Cannot agree with Meety that Ludeman doesn't deserve a go in a tour gig. Another comment that you can't always tell someone's age by their looks applies as much to him as it does to his state team-mate Lyon. Both are younger than the young-looking Paine, who I am sorry to see has injured himself out of the current equation.

  • Aussierise on December 15, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    this makes it very VERY interesting for the selectors....on one hand the Argus Review has said that players need to be selected on current form etc etc...however i'm not sure that the phillip hughes (no form/low batting average)/simon katich (solid form/sound average)/ and even pat cummins(hardly any first class games) selections was in line with this new selection policy? So the point that i'm getting at is that the selectors have to make a tough choice....to either stick with the Argus Review policy or throw it out the window, which would mean that Wade (been great for about 2 years now - and his current form is in line with the Argus) or Hartley (been very solid for about 5-6 years now - deserving of an opportunity - but not in line with the Argus), or Neville (been great this season - excellent current form and in line with the Argus policy), or Triffit (a selection for the future...aka cummins- but not in line with Argus). Only time will tell?

  • Ms.Cricket on December 15, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    An injured Paine would still perform better behind the wickets and with the bat than a fully fit Haddin!

  • Ms.Cricket on December 15, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Some sinister hocus pocus on Paine by Haddin. How else could you explain the continuous bad luck with injuries to the very talented Paine that allows the incompetent Haddin to keep his place in the Australian team?

  • malomay on December 14, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    @zenboomerang "This has been a long term injury that wasn't handled properly by Paine & CA".......

    This was an injury CAUSED by CA !.... forcing Paine to play in a ridiculous exhibition 20/20 match. They should absolutely be be held accountable for this.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 14, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    This is really bad news for Paine but is probably a blessing in disguise for Australia. From what I've heard Wade is just as capable with the gloves as Paine [Hartley is probably the best in Aus] and is a more accomplished batsman. Paine only has one century in his first-class career and averages 31 [this has improved during the last few seasons] whereas Wade has an average touching 40 with four tons from a similar number of matches. Haddin must score runs in the first two Tests against India or else the next cab off the rank - at the moment it is Wade - must be selected for the next match.

  • northumbriannomad on December 14, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    They repaired his finger using plates that promptly broke when he started training? Another triumph for medical science there... Good luck to him, hope he recovers from the injury and from the doctors.

  • Gordo85 on December 14, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    I am currently rather worried though because I think they will keep on playing Haddin even though he isn't making any real runs. Not to mention he got promoted to Vice Captain but I think if Watson comes back he would obviously take over as vice captain. The selectors back in Healy's time didn't like giving victorian wicket keepers a go for Australia at all and to be honest it looks like it could be the same principle because thus far Haddin hasn't been dropped proberly down to the fact he is from New South Wales plays a rather big part of it.

  • RandyOZ on December 14, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    More than ever, it is time for the wrost keep in Aus (Haddin) to step down, and the best keeper in the world (Wade) to step up. If not the selectors may as well go jump! @landl, thanks for once again showing us your complete lack of cricketing knowledge. We know who's comments to skip now!

  • Meety on December 16, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    @ youngkeepersdad - I was mainly trying to say I thought other players would of been worth giving a crack to BEFORE Ludeman. Maybe it was seen that Ludeman is not a viable BBL option - so they gave him a crack. I would assume because he has got experience that he is a decent cricketer.

  • ygkd on December 15, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Cannot agree with Meety that Ludeman doesn't deserve a go in a tour gig. Another comment that you can't always tell someone's age by their looks applies as much to him as it does to his state team-mate Lyon. Both are younger than the young-looking Paine, who I am sorry to see has injured himself out of the current equation.

  • Aussierise on December 15, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    this makes it very VERY interesting for the selectors....on one hand the Argus Review has said that players need to be selected on current form etc etc...however i'm not sure that the phillip hughes (no form/low batting average)/simon katich (solid form/sound average)/ and even pat cummins(hardly any first class games) selections was in line with this new selection policy? So the point that i'm getting at is that the selectors have to make a tough choice....to either stick with the Argus Review policy or throw it out the window, which would mean that Wade (been great for about 2 years now - and his current form is in line with the Argus) or Hartley (been very solid for about 5-6 years now - deserving of an opportunity - but not in line with the Argus), or Neville (been great this season - excellent current form and in line with the Argus policy), or Triffit (a selection for the future...aka cummins- but not in line with Argus). Only time will tell?

  • Ms.Cricket on December 15, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    An injured Paine would still perform better behind the wickets and with the bat than a fully fit Haddin!

  • Ms.Cricket on December 15, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Some sinister hocus pocus on Paine by Haddin. How else could you explain the continuous bad luck with injuries to the very talented Paine that allows the incompetent Haddin to keep his place in the Australian team?

  • malomay on December 14, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    @zenboomerang "This has been a long term injury that wasn't handled properly by Paine & CA".......

    This was an injury CAUSED by CA !.... forcing Paine to play in a ridiculous exhibition 20/20 match. They should absolutely be be held accountable for this.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 14, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    This is really bad news for Paine but is probably a blessing in disguise for Australia. From what I've heard Wade is just as capable with the gloves as Paine [Hartley is probably the best in Aus] and is a more accomplished batsman. Paine only has one century in his first-class career and averages 31 [this has improved during the last few seasons] whereas Wade has an average touching 40 with four tons from a similar number of matches. Haddin must score runs in the first two Tests against India or else the next cab off the rank - at the moment it is Wade - must be selected for the next match.

  • northumbriannomad on December 14, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    They repaired his finger using plates that promptly broke when he started training? Another triumph for medical science there... Good luck to him, hope he recovers from the injury and from the doctors.

  • Gordo85 on December 14, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    I am currently rather worried though because I think they will keep on playing Haddin even though he isn't making any real runs. Not to mention he got promoted to Vice Captain but I think if Watson comes back he would obviously take over as vice captain. The selectors back in Healy's time didn't like giving victorian wicket keepers a go for Australia at all and to be honest it looks like it could be the same principle because thus far Haddin hasn't been dropped proberly down to the fact he is from New South Wales plays a rather big part of it.

  • RandyOZ on December 14, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    More than ever, it is time for the wrost keep in Aus (Haddin) to step down, and the best keeper in the world (Wade) to step up. If not the selectors may as well go jump! @landl, thanks for once again showing us your complete lack of cricketing knowledge. We know who's comments to skip now!

  • Ian_Mac on December 14, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    EXCELLENT thought ...... """Posted by Sulli001 on (December 14 2011, 03:05 AM GMT)

    Does he really need that finger? ...I'd cut it off and be done with it, back in the side in two weeks""" ................ I rather think it would be a little longer than 2 weeks .... perhaps 4 to 6 weeks ... but a hello of a lot better than 4 MONTHS .... and of course absolutely no chance of a recurrence of the same injury to the same finger. I wonder if someone here could get in touch with him and suggest this option.

  • MenFromMarts on December 14, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    @L.P Grace you are the only person to mention Tom Triffitt. And I am sorry for Paine but Triffitt is the natural heir to the WK throne. I have seen him play for Australia U/19 and a Shield game. Ask George Bailey his captain and he raves about him. Why can we rush in 18 year old bowlers and think 21 year old wicket keepers are too young?? If any of you guys have seen this kid - he leaves Hartley, Wade, Ronchi in his dust. Nevill is second place for me.

  • bighit14 on December 14, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Tim Paine was described as "Pain in the A**" when he was part of test team against India last year with a couple of good innings. Hope he returns to the team in good shape soon

  • Gordo85 on December 14, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I have seen Wadey show he can keep well also in a match I watched him take a blinder. But most people are right Paine has lower bat stats but is better behind the stumps like a Mark Boucher. Wade is more like a keeper with a higher average with the bat but that tends to get over looked because of his batting like Gilchrist.

  • Wefinishthis on December 14, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Paine is not our best choice for the keeping position so this is great news. He is a good keeper (perhaps our best), but his batting is nowhere near good enough for test cricket. Now hopefully we can fix our attention on Wade, but also on Nevill who is so good he should take Haddin's place at NSW or at least should actually be picked for Australia for his batting alone. I actually wouldn't mind if they picked both Nevill and Wade just like when we picked Healy and Gilchrist, almost pitting them against each other. That system worked out quite well.

  • skdev on December 14, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    it's not just his superb keeping ability he could end the long search for an odi opener to support watto. sure warner is good but if warner could come in the midddle order he would be more effective cause anyway u watson blasting the bowlers in the first 15 overs but then in the 35 over batting powerplay u have warner to attack. so with the inclusion of paine u get so many advantages. i don't really think wade can match up to paine.

  • Dashgar on December 14, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Well looks like it should be Wade to keep vs India, although I'd have him ahead of Paine anyway.

  • Dashgar on December 14, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Well looks like it should be Wade to keep vs India, although I'd have him ahead of Paine anyway.

  • bobbo2 on December 14, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    A shame because he is very good. Must be very frustrating for him. But with Paine out the gloves have to go to Wade. Haddin has shown time again that while he can bat, he will through his wcket away most of the time (like he did in Hobart). With Wade looking great, time for Haddin to go.

  • therry on December 14, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    missing him is the worst nightmare...good luck paine..

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    @Gilly4ever - as your handle suggests mate, Gilly has "4ever" changed the way in which keepers are valued. Hartley is (IMO) far & away the best keeper in pure keeping terms. But really the position is Keeper/Batsmen & whilst I think he, (Hartley) was not far off Paine, he is a fair way behind Haddin, Wade & Neville as a batsmen. No way would I go into a test deliberately playing Hussey as a wicket keeper, Ian Healy would be rolling over in his grave (had he been dead) at the thought of that! @Sando_35/V Garner - sad, sad, sad! Good luck to Ludeman - but gee whiz! @ Andy500265 - I agree, but Ronchi (IMO) is a short form option, primarily T20. Wade is obviously the man, but the 2nd option has to be Neville who is (over a shorter career) a better batsmen than Wade, (still go with Wade). I have no real idea how good Neville's keeping is but he is keeping a decent keeper in Dan Smith out of the Shield side. (wish I could of worded the last sentence better - LOL!)

  • VivGilchrist on December 14, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Ok now we can stop prolonging Haddins agony until Paine is fit. It is now time for Wade. Wade for Tests, Ronchi T20s, and flip a coin between the two for ODIs. Someone on this blog stated that Aus need an all-rounder that's a strike bowler, and that Watto is only a stock bowler. I can't help but think that 5 wickets in 19 balls and a couple of 6-fors leans more to the STRIKE bowler side of the scale.

  • KissKiss on December 14, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Im amazed that Haddin has been kept in the team this long with several superior options available. And the news is that Haddin has bent sent (but no other keeper) to Melbourne for batting practice along with other senior players in Watson Marsh Clarke Ponting and Hussey. So it doesnt look like any changes are coming

  • Andy500265 on December 14, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    @Gilly4ever I'm a big Hartley fan myself (being a proud Queenslander), but although Hartley is a superb 'keeper, his batting isn't good enough. Yes, he's improved a lot of late, but this year he's been looking pretty scratchy which effectively rules him out (in that he's not the no. 1 choice). Apart from Wade, we could give Ronchi another shot. A few years ago he looked set to replace Haddin.

  • reeja on December 14, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    they can choose some akmal instead.... ;

  • Daps277 on December 14, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Feel sad for Paine, such a talented bloke. This could only mean one thing now Haddin out, incomes Wade.

  • landl47 on December 14, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Paine is the best Aus keeper, but Wade is the better bat. Given how flimsy Aus's batting is at the moment and how few real prospects there are, a competent keeper who can bat well is needed more than an excellent keeper who isn't as good with the bat. I'm sorry for Paine, who is a very good player, but he probably wasn't the first choice replacement for Haddin anyway.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 14, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    There are 2 valid keeping choices - Hartley or Wade. The others are not quality keepers. But there are plenty of batsmen who keep wicket occasionally. The best of these is one Michael Hussey. Why we ever messed around with the likes of Haddin or Paine in the national side in the first place is beyond me. Hartley should have replaced Gilchrist but sadly it wasn't to be and he is now too old and Wade is better so Wade must now be the way forward.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 14, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Great news. Now we can stick to our best keeper in Wade and forget about the hopeless duo that is Haddin and Paine.

  • dsig3 on December 14, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Our best wicket keeper, fast bowlers (Harris, Cummins) and batsmen (Watson, Marsh) are injured. This is getting ridiculous.

  • Gizza on December 14, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Amazed that Tim Paine is 27 years old while someone like Lyon is 23 years old. You really can't tell a person's age from the way they look!

  • satish619chandar on December 14, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Very bad miss for Australia.. Among the keepers selected as replacement for Gilly, Paine was the best one.. Sad to miss him.. Wade and Neville are the next best available choices.. Did Haddin do enough to get place in 11 in India series?

  • on December 14, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    @Meety, I'm fairly sure the idea behind most of the selections i.e. Ludeman was that they weren't required for Big Bash duty. Because there are a number of batsmen auditioning for a Boxing Day spot however, the likes of Warner, Khawaja, Hughes and Cowan were given a shot as well.

  • azzaman333 on December 14, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Absolute shame for him, but on the positive side we have a plethora of options for keepers.

  • sando_35 on December 14, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    @Meety I'd say the reason Ludeman is playing is because the other keepers ahead of him have BBL contracts. The tour game squads have been selected based around the players' Big Bash fixtures (which I can't stand the thought of, but that's another story), which is why there are so many changes from the first game to the second. Completely agree on Neville pushing his claim, but I'd say Wade would be strides ahead of him at this stage.

  • L.P.Grace on December 14, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Bad for Paine, probably good news fo OZcricket. Wade surpassed Tim Paine last summer and is a few years younger. Ledeman can't even crack SA-XI, I don't know how he beats out; Neville,Dunk,Hartley,Ronchi or Carters. Even Tommy Triffitt has had a better year than Ludeman.

  • getaclue on December 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Definately unlucky break for Paine, but this definately should push Wade into the spotlight. I cant comment on keeping but Wade is a better batsmen than Paine. And as @Meety said Neville is going from strength to strength and would surely be considered the next in line along with Hartley (shield/test only)

  • jmcilhinney on December 14, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    I have had the feeling that the selectors have been resisting dropping Haddin in favour of Wade (or someone else) because they intended to get Paine in when he was fit and didn't want to use a stop-gap solution. Now that Paine is not going to be available for some time (if ever, which would be very tough for him) I think that the selectors really need to look at what the team needs right now. Haddin's keeping was very good against NZ, at least in the second game (I didn't see the first) but his batting has been suspect at best for a while now. Haddin has made some good contributions for Australia over the years but I don't think he deserves quite the level of faith that Ponting and Hussey do, and even those two must be nearing the end of the selectors rope. like many others, I can't see any justification for keeping Haddin in the team for the India series.

  • Sulli001 on December 14, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Does he really need that finger? ...I'd cut it off and be done with it, back in the side in two weeks, there comitted to the baggy green you'd make AB , Waugh bros , big Mev & Boonie proud..bye bye Haddin

  • the_flying_squad on December 14, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    because ludeman isn't playing BBL & Wade is. That's why. It's not Australia A people, it's a mixed side.

  • RJHB on December 14, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Terrible injury and terrible timing too. The window is open and may only stay open for a short while if the next keeper, whoever it is, takes his chance, and that chance is surely coming very soon.

  • LillianThomson on December 14, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    This is the worst thing to happen to Australian cricket for several years. Australia's bowling is already fully regenerated and the batting also looks in good hands between Warner, Khawaja, Clarke and Watson. But in the absence of a genuine all-rounderwho can be a strike bowler (Watson is a stock bowler) the need for a reliable wicket-keeper batsman at number seven is greater - and Haddin bats too riskily to fill that role. Ideally Paine would already be Clarke's vice-captain in the Test team. In my fantasy world, Australia's first choice Test eleven would be 1) Katich 2) Warner 3) Khawaja 4) Clarke 5) Ponting 6) Watson 7) Paine 8) Johnson 9) Cummins 10) Pattinson 11) Lyon.

  • zenboomerang on December 14, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    This has been a long term injury that wasn't handled properly by Paine & CA... Seems to be a regular occurrance these days - rushing players back before they have fully healed... The continuing finger injuries are also something that Paine seems to get regularly so perhaps dropping the gloves & moving up the batting order is something he should seriously consider for a while...

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @nzcricket174 - all 3 are better than Young!!!! LOL!!!!

  • on December 14, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Paine may be a slightly better keeper now, but he is out for 3-4 months (and for a keeper, such an injury will be treated cautiously). And after multiple surgeries he may not be the same Tim Paine. But for this summer, if Haddins form continues on the same vein, the other Tasmanian in Matty Wade needs to come into the side

  • bobagorof on December 14, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    That's a shame for Paine, but it is a huge boost for Matthew Wade. At 23, he has the chance, like Ian Healy, of being Australia's premier keeper for a decade or more. He still needs work, but it would be difficult to give away as many byes as Haddin. He's also been in good form with the bat, which is the discipline that has kept Haddin in the side of late.

  • on December 14, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    This is so depressing..I feel so bad for him as I can only imagine how he feels especially when he is so passionate and modest about his cricket. Tim definitely has what it takes to be an Aussie great for the sport. Just hope his surgery goes well, heals properly and rehab of his finger progresses to allow him to pursue further cricket. Bit disappointed too as i would have like to see him play in Trinidad if he got selected for the aussie test squad's tour to the WI but fitness always comes first. Best of health to Tim's finger.

  • straight_drive4 on December 14, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    bad luck - overall i think he is a far better prospect to take over from haddin as he has potential to become the national captain once clarke retires - has a cool head on his shoulders...

  • nzcricket174 on December 14, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    T. Paine is the man way better keeper than Haddin and Wade.

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Ooops - forgot to mention the reason why I was going to comment in the first place - sad to hear about the complications to his finger injury. It seems not only does Oz have injured batsmen & bowlers - we have injured keepers too!

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Contrary to some misinformed beliefs - w/k is a position Oz have plenty of options. I liked Paine's temprement, but I felt there is/was more upside in Wade. Whether that transpire or not remains to be seen. Post-Gilchrest, (Haddin's done a fantastic job although should be chopped now), Keeping will forever be entwined with batting capabilities. With an underperforming batting line up a good #7 batsmen is even more important, we have 2 very much in-form Keeper batsmen in Wade (first) & Neville a not too distant 2nd. No idea why Ludeman got a Tour gig against the Indians though!

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  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Contrary to some misinformed beliefs - w/k is a position Oz have plenty of options. I liked Paine's temprement, but I felt there is/was more upside in Wade. Whether that transpire or not remains to be seen. Post-Gilchrest, (Haddin's done a fantastic job although should be chopped now), Keeping will forever be entwined with batting capabilities. With an underperforming batting line up a good #7 batsmen is even more important, we have 2 very much in-form Keeper batsmen in Wade (first) & Neville a not too distant 2nd. No idea why Ludeman got a Tour gig against the Indians though!

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Ooops - forgot to mention the reason why I was going to comment in the first place - sad to hear about the complications to his finger injury. It seems not only does Oz have injured batsmen & bowlers - we have injured keepers too!

  • nzcricket174 on December 14, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    T. Paine is the man way better keeper than Haddin and Wade.

  • straight_drive4 on December 14, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    bad luck - overall i think he is a far better prospect to take over from haddin as he has potential to become the national captain once clarke retires - has a cool head on his shoulders...

  • on December 14, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    This is so depressing..I feel so bad for him as I can only imagine how he feels especially when he is so passionate and modest about his cricket. Tim definitely has what it takes to be an Aussie great for the sport. Just hope his surgery goes well, heals properly and rehab of his finger progresses to allow him to pursue further cricket. Bit disappointed too as i would have like to see him play in Trinidad if he got selected for the aussie test squad's tour to the WI but fitness always comes first. Best of health to Tim's finger.

  • bobagorof on December 14, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    That's a shame for Paine, but it is a huge boost for Matthew Wade. At 23, he has the chance, like Ian Healy, of being Australia's premier keeper for a decade or more. He still needs work, but it would be difficult to give away as many byes as Haddin. He's also been in good form with the bat, which is the discipline that has kept Haddin in the side of late.

  • on December 14, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Paine may be a slightly better keeper now, but he is out for 3-4 months (and for a keeper, such an injury will be treated cautiously). And after multiple surgeries he may not be the same Tim Paine. But for this summer, if Haddins form continues on the same vein, the other Tasmanian in Matty Wade needs to come into the side

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @nzcricket174 - all 3 are better than Young!!!! LOL!!!!

  • zenboomerang on December 14, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    This has been a long term injury that wasn't handled properly by Paine & CA... Seems to be a regular occurrance these days - rushing players back before they have fully healed... The continuing finger injuries are also something that Paine seems to get regularly so perhaps dropping the gloves & moving up the batting order is something he should seriously consider for a while...

  • LillianThomson on December 14, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    This is the worst thing to happen to Australian cricket for several years. Australia's bowling is already fully regenerated and the batting also looks in good hands between Warner, Khawaja, Clarke and Watson. But in the absence of a genuine all-rounderwho can be a strike bowler (Watson is a stock bowler) the need for a reliable wicket-keeper batsman at number seven is greater - and Haddin bats too riskily to fill that role. Ideally Paine would already be Clarke's vice-captain in the Test team. In my fantasy world, Australia's first choice Test eleven would be 1) Katich 2) Warner 3) Khawaja 4) Clarke 5) Ponting 6) Watson 7) Paine 8) Johnson 9) Cummins 10) Pattinson 11) Lyon.