Tim Paine is not even the first-choice keeper for his state team, so his elevation to the national side as a gloveman caused plenty of debate.
Former Australian legspinner Stuart MacGill was blunt, as ever.
Ashes selections.... made by morons mascarading as mentors. Times up gents. https://t.co/LIfRIK1B41— stu macgill (@scgmacgill) 16 November 2017
The sheer lack of games behind the stumps for Paine made it an incredible selection.
Tim Paine tipped as Ashes wicketkeeper? Hasn't made a first-class hundred since 2006. Has kept wicket in 3 Shield games in past 2 years. Extraordinary. https://t.co/iuTRZvi7FA— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) 16 November 2017
Then there was the lack of runs.
To put things in perspective, the Oz coach Darren Lehmann scored a FC ton in 2007, Tim Paine's last FC ton was in 2006.— Rob Moody (@robelinda2) 16 November 2017
Paine averages 29 in his first-class career, and just 20.40 in the past two years.
And what of Paines average in shield cricket in that time? Best keeper is old school selection!!— Brett Geeves (@brettygeevz) 16 November 2017
Paine had his share of backers too though, including experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Ludeman.
And former Tasmania medium-pacer Tim Macdonald.
best gloveman in the country. Fact. Even the country's glovemen agree with that.— Tim Macdonald (@timmacs) 16 November 2017