Australia’s selectors decided to give a call to Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh as they considered Matt Renshaw and Peter Nevill unfit for the Ashes tournament.
This means Australia are set to make six changes – a number unprecedented since the advent of World Series Cricket – to the XI that played their last Test, against Bangladesh in Chittagong in September. Only the captain Steve Smith, David Warner, Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are set to be retained.
Anger greets Australia’s plan to recall Tim Paine as Ashes wicketkeeper
Paine’s recall after seven years remains the greatest surprise. He was not selected by Tasmania for the opening two rounds of Sheffield Shield action, but did make 52 when captaining the Cricket Australia XI against the tourists in Adelaide. He was subsequently recalled by Tasmania – but as a specialist batsman, although he has just one first-class century in 91 matches, and that came way back in October 2006.
“Tim was identified as an international player a long time ago and has always been renowned as a very good gloveman, also performing well for us whenever he has represented Australia in any format,” said Trevor Hohns, the interim chairman of selectors. “His batting form in recent outings for the Cricket Australia XI and Tasmania has been good.”
As Renshaw’s form has plummeted, Cameron Bancroft’s batting for Western Australia has made him impossible to ignore. He has been chosen to open with David Warner while Shaun Marsh is back at No6 ahead of Hilton Cartwright or Glenn Maxwell.