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Australia recall wicket-keeper Paine for opening two Ashes Tests

by Sahir Usman Nov 18, 2017 • 11:41 AM

Sydney, Nov 18 - Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday raised a few eyebrows by recalling wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine after a seven-year absence from Test cricket for the first two Ashes Tests against England in Brisbane and Adelaide.

The 32-year-old Paine's shock inclusion comes as opener Cameron Bancroft was also named in the 13-man squad along with veteran batsman Shaun Marsh.

The trio will replace Matthew Wade, Matt Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell in Australia's Test team.

Bancroft, 24, is set to open the batting alongside vice-captain David Warner and become Australia's 451st Test player.

National Selector Trevor Hohns said Bancroft had earned his call-up to the Test side.

"Cameron has been a player of interest to us for some time now, having been unlucky to miss out on the Test tour to Bangladesh that was cancelled in 2015.

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