Paine likely to get Aussie Test-Cap against Pak

Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 12:52 [IST]
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Paine likely to replace injured Haddin

Tim Paine is hopeful of making it into the Australian Test team after being called in to Australia's one-day side to replace the injured Brad Haddin. Australia is set to play Pakistan in two Tests next month. With Austalian regular wicket-keeper still uncertain from recovering from his elbow injury, Paine has a strong chance of making his debut as his replacement.

"I think it's a possibility," Paine told the Mercury of a potential baggy green. "He [Haddin] is hopeful he'll be right for the two Tests but at the same time I don't think he is going to take any chances with the Ashes very close around the corner.

"That is something that might work in my favour. I'm sure if he's not 100% he won't risk it because I know speaking to him he is obviously very keen to be part of the side that wins back the Ashes so that is something he certainly won't be jeopardising," he added.

Paine, 25, has played 17 ODIs since stepping into Australia's No. 2 wicketkeeping role last year. If he plays the two Tests in July he will be the second Australian wicketkeeper to win a Test call-up due to a Haddin injury, after Graham Manou who was a called up as a late replacement for the Edgbaston Ashes Test last year.


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