Australia news September 26, 2011

Tim Paine set for surgery on finger

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Paine has been ruled out of Australia's tour of South Africa next month due to a finger injury, which is likely to open the door for Matthew Wade to make his international debut. Paine will have surgery later this week following a slower than expected recovery after he hurt his right index finger while batting at a Tasmania training session a month ago.

The decision for Paine to have an operation means that Australia will need to find a new wicketkeeper for the two Twenty20s against South Africa on October 13 and 16 in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Brad Haddin last week announced his retirement from Twenty20 internationals, which is likely to make Wade the favourite for a national call-up.

Wade, 23, has played for Australia A over the past 18 months and was productive for Victoria last summer, when he finished second behind Brad Hodge on the Ryobi Cup run tally and also score 553 Sheffield Shield runs. It would be a major surprise if Wade was not chosen, with Chris Hartley having hardly been used in T20 by Queensland over the past two seasons, and Western Australia's Luke Ronchi having slipped down the pecking order.

And while the T20s in South Africa are the immediate opportunity, there could be further chances to provide backup for Haddin in one-day or Test cricket, depending on how long Paine is sidelined. Australia's physiotherapist, Alex Kountouris, said Paine was still experiencing significant discomfort a month after sustaining the injury.

"Tim Paine injured his right index finger batting at training with his Tasmanian state team four weeks ago," Kountouris said. "He sustained a fracture in a similar part of the same finger late last year and required surgery. Tim has been resting the injury in recent weeks but is still experiencing considerable pain.

"His surgeon has advised that the fracture is healing slower than expected and may not heal without surgical intervention. As such, Tim will be undergoing surgery later this week. He is likely to need an extended recovery period following surgery and will not be available for selection for the T20 and ODI tour of South Africa."

Paine is not the only one of Australia's contracted players set for surgery, with the allrounder John Hastings likely to have an operation on his right shoulder. Hastings suffered the injury while training with Victoria and he too will be out of action for the T20 and one-day series in South Africa.

"John Hastings injured his right shoulder during a training session with Cricket Victoria after returning from Australian duties in Sri Lanka," Kountouris said. "He has had ongoing shoulder pain since this incident and has been unable to return to training. He has consulted a surgeon who has recommended surgery.

"It is possible that he will have surgery sometime in the next week after further assessment from the surgeon. His return to cricket will be dependent on the management approach pursued but he will not be available for selection for the T20 and ODI tour of South Africa."

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  • Christopher on September 29, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    @Razmont...Wade is one of those very rare recent gems,a player that was actually chosen on recent ODI performance.Unsurprisingly,with Haddin still maintaining legitimate claims to a ODI position,Wades been chosen in T20I.As for your banal,'Here come the vics',explain the ommissions of guys like McDonald,Rogers and David Hussey from Tests and ODI.Statistically,they have fabulous career and recent records,yet continue to be misused or ignored.Other than the continued retention of White as captain in T20I,what evidence exists that Vic players receive favoured treatment?Your opinion on Paine is not bourne out by any supporting evidence.His batting is modest and slow.His keeping doesnt stand out.On what basis does he now,or did he ever deserve preferential treatment?A Tasmanian clique of Boon,Cox & Ponting previously existed in selection,promoting Tasmanian players.Until the corporate governance review removes the principle CA players behind the malaise,I dont expect substantial progress.

  • Sally on September 28, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Hear hear James Hoult - totally agree - here come the Vics. Do these people actually watch cricket, especially Adrian Meredith. Paine a batsman who kept a bit - yeah right. Paine has been a keeper since school days and would be miles ahead in technique, temperament and brains.

  • Christopher on September 28, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    @Dashgar...The lack of form of incumbents and the mantra of,'No change is better,even when losing',were failed policies that were addressed by Argus and are in the process of implementation.The numbers you are quoting are misleading though and your judgement on North is an opinion,not a fact.Batsmen to debut in that period,are North,Rogers,Hughes,Khawaja,Marsh,Smith and White.In 2007,the careers of Phil Jacques(11 Tests total before back injury),Brad Hodge(6 Tests total with a double century vs SA and a 55 average),Mike Hussey(had 16 Tests at that point and Andrew Symonds(26 Tests total and self destructed under the previous CA administration) were all quite new.Even Micheal Clarke had less than 30 Tests at that point.The retirements didnt take place all at once as is implied.Many new batsmen were also trialled in ODI and T20I.A core of experience is always going to be an advantage.Id rather see what can be accomplished with current resources,once the CA cleanout is finalised.

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Look at the records and performances of the players concerned. Both Haddin and Paine started their careers as batsmen who kept a bit. That is all they are. Wade is a pure gloveman who, coincidentally, is a better batsman than either Haddin or Paine. It isn't a contest. Sadly, the selectors in Australia are so out of touch that Wade has had to wait this long. Fingers crossed once picked he won't be dropped again.

  • Anupam on September 27, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    this time go for ADAM VOGES , M.BEER in all 3 formats specially for tests. HUGHES is flopped in SRI LANKA xcept one inning Now go for PHIL JAQUES. this time DON'T talk about FERGUSON, COSGROVE, HAuRITZ, o'KEEFE, DOHETRY, PATTINSON. SIDDle, JOHNSON , MCKAY & the future of spin bowling M.BEER. IN ALL 3 format.

  • Tim on September 27, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @James, not sure which state you're from but the people calling for Wade are doing so because of sheer weight of runs in all forms of the game. Yes he's Tasmanian and Paine beat him for a spot 4 years ago but surely you can see he's a better player now. In fact Wade averages higher than Paine in all three forms of the game. Yes Paine has put in some good performances for Australia but give Wade a chance and he may well perform even better. Regardless of who is ahead I'd love to see them given a chance to compete for the spot rather than hang on with Haddin.

  • Hector on September 27, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    @smudgeon...Keeping skills.....Haddin??? He ain't got none! Sorry for the slang...done for effect. No, Haddin IS the worst of ALL the state keepers...Both Paine and Wade out keep him under the table and over the table. Even NSW reserve keeper is better than Haddin. He has dropped some clanger catches over the years....enough to argue he has cost us test matches. Both Paine and Wade have strengths behind the stumps and I agree Wade is more the ODI option and Paine the test option. Both these Tasmanians have deserved the right to play for Australia...Unlike old Terra Cotta gloves!

  • kieran on September 27, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    @Dashgar: the so-called bench strength of England has been vastly exaggerated. Their next tier fast bowlers (Shazad, Onions etc) are not at the same level and Swann is irreplacable. They are the form team and have some very talented players, but replace them with the A team and they're in the same boat as everyone else.

  • wayne on September 27, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    @Adam Meredith - no idea where you get your info from, but Paine is actually much better suited as a batsmen to long-form cricket, although he's also done well in ODIs & T20. Maybe we wait and see if Wade can back up the high regard he is held in by Victorian fans before we start getting to far ahead of ourselves? However, I suspect we're more likely to see Wade in limited overs and Paine in tests. Neither Haddin or Paine have been embarrassing in tests, I wonder if you saw Paine's batting in India - it was gritty, he batted well with the tail, and scored a good 90-odd under pressure. Haddin's had his moments too (first test in the Ashes was a great knock), although he's out of form with the bat now. I don't think you could split the three of them on their keeping skills...

  • John on September 27, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see Wade bat, since I haven't seen him up to now, but it would be unfair to judge him on T20 performance. When the requirement is to score at 7 runs an over or more from the first ball, it's a bit of a lottery. @Meety: seeing your proposed side reminded me of the bad old days in England in the late 1990s- a lot of players who can do a bit of everything but do none of it very well. They're not even young; Christian 28, Butterworth 28 next month, Hussey mid-30s, White 28, Hauritz 30 next month. If these guys were world-beating internationals that would be fair enough, but they're not. Surely Australia has better young talent that could be getting some international experience? If not, it's going to be a dismal time for Aus in the next 5 years. @hyclass: if Marsh (28), Harris (32), Beer (27) are included in your definition of new talent.... no, it's not enough. As for Lyon, is he the 5-34 of his first test innings or the 3-261 since then? Care to guess?

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