Marsh One-Day Cup 2021-22
Paine recalled to Tassie Marsh Cup squad before Ashes camp
Australia's gloveman in line to play 50-over match against Western Australia after coming through second XI game unscathed, while Hurricanes add little-known Yorkshireman as third international
25 November 2021, 09:53 AM AEST
Tim Paine's bid to prove his Ashes fitness has been bolstered with confirmation he will play five consecutive days of cricket this week.
It may not be a Test match, or even a first-class fixture, but Tasmania's naming of Paine in Friday's Marsh One-Day Cup clash against ladder-leaders Western Australia will give him a fifth straight day of cricket in his return from neck surgery.
The wicketkeeper, who sensationally resigned from the Test captaincy last week amid a sexting scandal, was today out hooking for seven on the final day of Tasmania's four-day second XI match against South Australia in Lindisfarne.
He will don the coloured clothes for the 50-over clash at Blundstone Arena, where he will keep wicket and bat at No.3 in a game that will mark his first domestic match since April, before heading to Brisbane to link up with Australia's Ashes camp on Saturday.
The day-night game will be live streamed for free on cricket.com.au and Kayo Sports from 2.35pm AEDT.
Tigers coach Ali de Winter said Paine had pulled up well from the second XI game, despite understandably being a little "heavy in the legs" given his long absence, and said his mental health remains a priority for teammates and Cricket Tasmania (CT).
"There's been overwhelming support throughout the business and across our squad," said de Winter, a day after CT issued a strongly worded statement decrying Paine's treatment by Cricket Australia.
"It's been obviously challenging for all of us, knowing how much we care for Painey and for his family's welfare.
"I've known Tim since he was 13 years old so we go back quite a long way. Making sure that he's okay in all of this – the cricket bit is secondary in all of this. His own health through all this is first and foremost.
"He's obviously having some deep challenges but I think having good people around him and his cricket mates is the best tonic he can have outside his family."
The 36-year-old's final chance to show selectors he is match ready for the Ashes will then come in Australia's three-day intra-squad practice game at Redlands in Brisbane, starting Wednesday, before the first Test gets underway on December 8.
Paine has spent 167 overs in the field across the first three days of the ongoing second XI match, taking eight catches across SA's two innings, but only spent two balls at the crease on Tuesday after being trapped lbw for one.
The right-hander, who batted at five in Tassie's first dig, may get another chance with the bat on Thursday with the hosts chasing 153 for an outright victory.
Paine will boost a Tigers 50-over outfit who have lost Riley Meredith and Beau Webster from their most recent game, a 45-run rain-affected defeat to Queensland earlier this month, and are still without T20 World Cup pair Matthew Wade and Nathan Ellis.
Wade and Ellis (a reserve for Australia's title-winning squad) elected to travel to their respective former home cities of Melbourne and Sydney to avoid hotel quarantine upon returning from the UAE, and should be available for the start of the KFC BBL season with the Hobart Hurricanes.
T20 star Tim David has been picked for the Marsh Cup match and could make his Tigers debut alongside newcomer Brad Hope.
Tasmania's one-day team is being captained by Jordan Silk, who fired the state to a rousing final-day Sheffield Shield victory over WA on Wednesday.
WA will be without pace bowlers Jason Behrendorff (illness) and Lance Morris (side strain) for the clash, with David Moody and Cameron Gannon to fill the void.
Yorkshire allrounder joins Hurricanes
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, have rounded out their KFC BBL|11 roster with the signing of English allrounder Jordan Thompson as their third international player.
Thompson, who joins Nepal's Sandeep Lamichanne and fellow Yorkshireman Harry Brook among Hobart's international contingent, impressed for his county in England's domestic T20 competition as well as for the Northern Superchargers in the Hundred this year.
The uncapped 25-year-old, who the Canes say is an excellent fielder, is expected to bat in the middle order.
"I'm really excited to play in the Big Bash for the first time," Thompson said. "Back home, it's a tournament we watch with great interest during the winter months, so I'm looking forward to meeting up with the team and experiencing it for myself.
"It will be great to work with a new bunch of players and coaching staff, and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can and playing the role that the team need me to."
Tasmania's Marsh One-Day Cup squad: Jordan Silk (c), Tom Andrews, Tim David, Brad Hope, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Mitch Owen, Tim Paine, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mac Wright
WA's Marsh One-Day Cup squad: Ashton Turner (c), Cameron Bancroft, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie, Aaron Hardie, Matt Kelly, David Moody, Josh Philippe, D’Arcy Short, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
Hobart Hurricanes BBL|11 squad: Scott Boland, Harry Brook (England), Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Caleb Jewell, Josh Kann, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D'Arcy Short, Jordan Thompson (England), Matthew Wade, Mac Wright.