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Ashes 2017/18: The Recall Is Amazing Reward For The Hard Work That I’ve Put In, Says Tim Paine 

Ashes 2017/18: The Recall Is Amazing Reward For The Hard Work That I’ve Put In, Says Tim Paine

Tim Paine’s recall to the Test team for the first two Ashes Tests has been so surprising or somewhat shocking that former Australia spinner could not refrain himself from launching a scathing towards the national selectors.

Well, the decision is a baffling one to some extent. Paine last donned his baggy green seven years ago in Bangalore as the 32-year admitted that he would have to dust it off which more or less proves that the wicketkeeper-batsman had somewhat given up on his hopes of getting a recall for the Test team.

Moreover, his stats in first-class games are also not very convincing. Having scored his last first-class hundred way back in 2006, Paine averages a modest 29, and surprisingly he has also not kept the wickets for Tasmania in the ongoing Sheffield Shield with Matthew Wade doing that role. Perhaps the only thing that can justify Paine’s selection is his fighting fifty in the warm-up game against England, and the Tasmanian is now ready to grab the opportunity with both the hands.

“I do have to dust it off,” Paine said in Hobart. “It’s at mum and dad’s, so I have to go and get it at some stage today and make sure I pack it for tomorrow’s flight.” 

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The 32-year old impressed during the warm-up game against England (Credits: Getty)

Paine further said he is more mature now than the time when he played his last Test in 2010.

“I feel like I’m probably more ready now than I was when I played (before), certainly more mature. I know my game a bit better,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be around an international cricket team before so I know what to expect so I feel like I’m in a good place for it.”

Expressing his excitement, he went on to say that he cannot wait to make the most of the chances. He also said that he is ready to keep the wickets and will not have any problems with it.

“I feel I’m ready and can’t wait to get out there and make the most of it,” he said. “I was in the last Twenty20 side for Australia so it’s not as if I haven’t been wicketkeeping.

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Paine believes he is ready for the role (Credits: Getty)

“I keep every day, so I’m ready as I’ve ever been with the gloves and I’m just rapt to have the opportunity, and I plan on making the most of it,” he added.

Paine also said that getting the recall is his reward for putting in the hard work.

“Seven years ago I was playing Test and one-day cricket, and I always sort of dreamt – it probably was a bit of a dream to be honest, that I could get back there,” he said. “To get that news last night is an amazing reward for the hard work that I’ve put in. It’s now back in my hand, which is a great thing.

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Paine’s last Test appearance came in 2010 (Credits: AFP)

“Who knows, it’s my opportunity to make the most of,” he added.

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