Paine earns surprise recall for first two Ashes Tests

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The Ashes line-up was met with backlash when Tasmanian back-up keeper Tim Paine was selected to where the gloves and Shaun Marsh received his eighth Test recall, while Cameron Bancroft was the only surprise that didn't cop heat after his superb recent form.

In a stunning selection, 32-year-old Paine, who was once on the brink of retirement over a serious finger fracture, was preferred to Wade and Peter Nevill for his first Test match since October 2010.

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"Tim was identified as an worldwide player a long time ago and has always been renowned as a very good gloveman, also performing well for us whenever he has represented Australia in any format", he said.

An Australia representative at Twenty20 and Under-19 level, Bancroft, long identified as a batsman of the future due to his temperament at the crease, also impressed against Australia's best bowlers when facing New South Wales earlier this month.

Australia opening batsman Matt Renshaw's horror run in the domestic Sheffield Shield has raised speculation that his Ashes berth may be in danger but teammate Nathan Lyon said the left-hander had the backing of the "inner sanctum".

"It's no secret that Chadd's inclusion is with a view to the Adelaide Test match", said Hohns.

The selections were described as "bombshells" in Australian press, while former Test bowler Stuart MacGill lashed the selectors as "morons".

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"We still view Matthew as a player of huge 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", Hohns said.

"He has thoroughly earned and deserves his call-up following some outstanding performances in the early rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield competition this season".

"Ashes selections. made by morons mascarading (sic) as mentors".

It's a selection that former England captain Mike Atherton says points to a deeper issue in Australian cricket. "Times (sic) up gents", he tweeted.

"Just go back to the basics, go back to Shield cricket, focus on some of the things he focused on before when he'd been successful and be patient".

THE shock selection of Tim Paine for the Gabba Test has filled English hearts with optimism.

SQUAD: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.