Australia recall stumper Paine for opening two Ashes Tests

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Paine headlined four inclusions into the 13-man Australian squad for the opening two Tests with the other somewhat controversial selection being veteran WA batsman Shaun Marsh.

"It's been a hard road to get back here and I'm extremely proud of the way I've gone about things in the last five-six years", Paine said. MacGill, who played 44 Tests for Australia, taking 208 wickets, took to Twitter to make his annoyance known. "So for him it's about going back and scoring as many runs as he can. I think Justin Langer's saying for some time he's been in the form of his life and it looked like he was batting incredibly well, so I'm confident in the six batters we've picked that they can do a terrific job".

Australia have sprung a huge Ashes surprise by recalling wicketkeeper Tim Paine after seven years away from Test cricket.

The home side also strengthened their bowling by including South Australia's Chadd Sayers, who could be in line for a debut in the day-night affair on his home turf at the Adelaide Oval for the second Test.

Glenn Maxwell has suffered the ultimate Test insult after national selector Trevor Hohns tried to explain the logic behind Australia's controversial Ashes selections.

"His batting form in recent outings for the Cricket Australia XI and Tasmania has been good". Unfortunately, his run of performances did not improve in the early rounds of Sheffield Shield and we have opted to make a change. Find us on Facebook too!

"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.

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"I'm not trying to think about it that way, it's another opportunity for me to get out there and play some good cricket for Australia", Marsh, who averages 36 in Tests, told reporters in Brisbane. "Both those fellas were spoken about, we came up with the fact they haven't performed well enough in the early rounds of the competition this year", he said.

"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".

"Shaun is playing very well at the moment, having scored consistently in the JLT One-Day Cup and first three rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield competition", Hohns said.

Marsh's selection was justified by Hohns, who said he was "playing very well at the moment", a comment he could not attribute to dumped opener Renshaw.

"We just feel Shaun Marsh, in particular if we're going down that path again, has performed much, much better and demanded to be chosen", Hohns said. "He swings the ball with good control and knows the conditions well at his home ground".

Spin king Shane Warne has said that England are in better shape than Australia heading into Thursday's first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

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