Paine is looking to restore himself as Australia’s ‘golden boy’ once again
Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has expressed his sympathy towards fellow keeper Tim Paine for the amount of hardship he endured to make his comeback to domestic cricket.
Paine, who was a childhood friend of Wade’s and Australia’s wicketkeeper at one point in time, was known as the ‘golden boy’ of the national team and was even considered to be a future captain before everything went up in flames during an All-Stars Twenty20 clash, in which Paine received a brutal blow to the hand by former Australia pace bowler Dirk Nannes.
Paine’s hand injury turned out to be so serious that he had to insert a plate there and even underwent a bone graft from his hip in a desperate attempt to get his index finger as strong as possible.
The former keeper is now trying to catch up to Brad Haddin and Wade in an attempt to make his international return, but selectors want to see how he performs for Tasmania before making any decisions.
“I do feel sorry for him and the situation that he had to go through with his finger.I got my chance through poor circumstances, but I guess I’m never going to throw back an opportunity to play for Australia, I certainly feel for the injury Tim has had, most definitely,” Wade said.
Paine will now be looking to increase the pressure on Wade after having an outstanding tour of England in July with the Australia A team.