Test captain Tim Paine will undergo surgery in Hobart on Tuesday to treat a pinched nerve in his neck. Paine expects in training around October and will be fit to lead Australia in the Ashes.
Moreover, he consulted a spinal surgeon in Hobart late last week. The surgeon recommended the surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve and allow Paine time to return to training later this month.
The Australian captain Tim Paine’s participation in the upcoming Ashes 2021-22 is still doubtful which is schedule to begin from December 8 at the Gabba.
However, this surgery makes his participation in the marquee Ashes series skeptical. The 36-year-old has been out of the field for the last six weeks and he hasn’t trained during that period.
Previously it was believed that with a normal treatment things will be fine. It will result in complete recovery but this hasn’t been the case.
Paine, who required seven rounds of surgery to repair a recurring finger injury that started in 2010. It threaten to end his career, has demonstrated plenty of stoicism in recent years.
Paine has played 35 Tests after making a late-career return to the team. Australia has played just four Tests since the 2019 Ashes, where England has played 20 in the past 18 months. Paine and his teammates haven’t played a Test since suffering an unforgettable loss to India at the Gabba in January.
Australia are schedule to host Afghanistan in a one-off Test, starting November 27 in Hobart. However, cricket Australia is likely to schedule an alternate Ashes tune-up but it remains unclear. Whether it will be an intra-squad contest, tour game involving England, or replacement Test.