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Australia recall wicketkeeper Tim Paine in Ashes opener bombshell
March 23 2018, 05:03 | Van Peters
Jason Sangha of CA XI celebrates after reaching a century. Images
Australia has sensationally picked wicket-keeper Tim Paine - who played his last Test in 2010 - and debutant Cameron Bancroft in a 13-man squad for the first two Ashes Tests.
Paine has been named as Tasmania teammate Matthew Wade's replacement behind the stumps, while Shaun Marsh has been recalled in a squad for the first and second Tests against England.
However, while opening partner David Warner implored the 21-year-old to score more runs earlier this week, off-spinner Lyon stopped short of confirming Renshaw's selection in the squad but said the batsman had internal support.
There will be a new face at the top of the order in Cameron Bancroft, who has been scoring prolifically for Western Australia and replaces the out of form English-born Matt Renshaw.
Despite his standing as Tasmania's No.2 keeper behind Matthew Wade, Paine has been recalled to the Test team for the first time in seven years. Usman Khawaja retains his side despite Glenn Maxwell's contention.
"We're only going to be interested in them once we get to Brisbane and think about that first Test and who we're going to play against and how we're going to get their certain players out".
"Ashes selections ... made by morons masquerading as mentors".
Trevor Hohns, Australia's chief selector, said Paine's ability with the bat got him over the line.
Hohns said that Bancroft had demanded his spot through weight of runs in recent weeks.
"He is a very talented and tough cricketer who shows a good temperament for Test cricket", Hohns said.
"He has thoroughly earned and deserves his call-up following some outstanding performances in the early rounds of the Sheffield Shield competition this season".
It's a selection that former England captain Mike Atherton says points to a deeper issue in Australian cricket.
Bancroft scored an unbeaten 228 against South Australia this week and was unlucky to miss out on a Test debut two years ago when the 2015 tour to Bangladesh was cancelled over security concerns.
Jackson Bird and the uncapped Chadd Sayers have been selected as the back-up bowlers to the formidable pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
"We still view Matthew as a player of vast talent, but he is out of form at the moment and we don't feel an Ashes Test match is the best place for him to find form", he said.