It's been quiet on the cricket front for Australia. With the announcement of Vodafone to be the official Ashes sponsor and making sure their Logo is bigger than the Australian emblem on the Test gear, there hasn't been much else so I have taken a bit of a break from the blogsite. But with two important cricket events coming up this month for Australia, the news is circulating again and my interest has peaked again.
Tim Paine had his debut in United Kingdom for Australia after the 2009 Ashes and there is a chance he may be back there soon!
With reports out there that Brad Haddin has an elbow injury, which has caused discomfort in the joint, the possibility looms that Hads will not take part in One Day Series against England along with the batch of warm-up games lined up.
This creates the opportunity for Tim Paine to head back to the hunting ground where he made an outstanding impact with the way he handled his Keeper duties for the Green & Gold. He was a key contributor to take down England 6-1 in the ODI series, while he also experienced his first major ICC competition as he opened the batting and was the official Glovesman during the 2009 Champions Trophy, which was secured!
Tim is set to play for Australia A against Sri-Lanka A in a few weeks time, which has to one of the most exciting Australia A fixtures for some time as it will determine the finalised Squad to take on Pakistan in a Test series in England.
This injury report also means if the risk to play Hads is too great, Tim may be lined up to receive his Baggy Green! He would have to pull out of the Australia A fixture.
I imagine Matthew Wade (Victoria Bushrangers Keeper) may be called out to represent Australia A should Tim have to make the flight over for the upcoming series.
Either way Tim is a sound Keeper who I rate quite highly. He is my number 1 choice to step in for Hads when he calls it a day. Having said that too, while he didn't have a great ICC World T20 campaign, his (Haddin) Keeper standards were brilliant throughout the summer while he also showed some brutal ODI form.
The good thing is that in times like these the stocks are already in place to fill the void with the absence of our most experienced Keeper.
Should Tim Paine get the call-up, I hope he performs even better than he did last time. After all, he knows all about the elite level now.