Tue, 23 Nov 2021

Australian Chief Selector To Recuse Himself From Tim Paine Fate!!

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Chief selector George Bailey may step down from voting on whether Tim Paine should remain in the Australian Test cricket side. Piane suddenly Jolted the team with his decision of quitting as skipper on Friday ahead of the Ashes series against England over a series of lustful text messages with a female colleague in 2017 that was about to be made public. But he made clear he still wants to play as wicketkeeper in the opening Test in Brisbane on December 8.

That decision will be made by a three-man selection panel comprising Bailey, coach Justin Langer, and the recently appointed Tony Dodemaide.

Bailey, the head selector is a close friend of Paine, having long played together at Tasmania. They are also co-investors in a gym business in the state.

"If the panel was not in agreeance with Tim's position going forward and it was going to come down to a vote, then I would step aside and leave that to Tony and Justin to work through," he said on the Cricket Etc podcast. "They're both aware of that."

Paine, 36, has suggested he may retire altogether after the Ashes and if he is not picked for Brisbane it could spell the end of his international career.

After invasive surgery in September for pain in his neck and left arm due to a bulging disc, he made his return for Tasmania's second XI in Hobart on Monday, grabbing six catches.

Bailey, a former skipper of the Australian limited-overs teams, said selectors were watching how he fares closely.

"One thing Tim's always been pretty good at is the preparation side of things. He is quite meticulous," he said.

"There is no doubt it is not an ideal preparation, but we'll watch this game and he'll know how he gets through the four days as much as anyone."

Alex Carey is seen as favourite to take the gloves in Brisbane.

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