Tim Paine Likely to Return In Australia's ODI Squad

Tasmanian Tim Paine is all set to replace incumbent Matthew Wade in Australia’s ODI squad. Australia will play a five-match Gillette ODI series against England after the Ashes Test series.

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According to reports, Paine will continue his recent dominance by being named the keeper in the initial squad for the ODI series starting later this month.

Tim Paine has impressed the selectors since his return to the Magellan Ashes Test squad, while Wade is still in search of form for Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes.

Tim Paine last represented Australia in an ODI game six years back, but his recent form has taken him to the top of the chart in all the formats.

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Young Alex Carey has been the other wicketkeeper pushing for a spot, with Trevor Hohns’ panel been very impressed with his glovework.

Carey’s inability to register a single half-century in the opening three rounds of JLT Sheffield Shield game went against him last year as Paine was drafted in the squad.

Since then Carey scored his maiden Shield ton and then an unbeaten man-of-the-match knock of 83 for Adelaide Strikers in the KFC Big Bash League, but is likely to have to wait a bit longer for his international debut.

“Playing for your country in all formats is something that I really want to do. This stuff (BBL form) might help, hopefully, put a few good performances on the board and you never know,” the 26-year-old Carey said last week.

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Carey registered 265 runs at 33 in this season’s JLT One-Day Cup, with the highest score of 92 in an elimination final.

However, the star pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins may be rested at some point this month ahead of the four-match Test series in South Africa.

Tall and lanky pacer Billy Stanlake, who has hit the 150km/h mark for the Strikers is among the young pacemen in contention for an ODI call-up.

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