The Star – Malaysia – MELBOURNE (Reuters) – For someone contemplating retirement earlier this year after multiple operations on a broken finger, Australia’s surprise Ashes selection Tim Paine is visiting his parents to retrieve the old baggy green cap he thought he may never don again.

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  • MELBOURNE (Reuters) – For someone contemplating retirement earlier this year after multiple operations on a broken finger, Australia’s surprise Ashes selection Tim Paine is visiting his parents to retrieve the old baggy green cap he thought he may never don again.
  • “I do have to dust it off,” Paine told reporters at Hobart airport when asked about the whereabouts of the Australia test cap.
  • “Seven years ago I was playing test and one-day cricket and I always sort of dreamt — it probably was a bit of a dream to be honest — that I could get back there…
  • “The Tasmanian keeper broke his right index finger in 2010, underwent multiple surgeries to fix the troublesome injury and pondered quitting before earning a recall to the national side in February for a home Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.
  • “Paine is ‘absolutely pumped’ having been given a second chance in the longest format and cannot wait to walk out at the Gabba when the first Ashes test starts against England in Brisbane on Thursday.


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