Thu. May 26th, 2022

Cricket Australia are hoping Tim Paine returns “as soon as possible”, but national voters may choose not to look back once they have decided on a new wicketkeeper for next month’s Ashes series.

Paine’s decision to take timeout from the sport on Friday means Alex Carey, Josh Inglis and Jimmy Peirson are fighting for the key role behind the stumps.

Trevor Hohns, selection chairman until the start of this summer, had the experienced Carey, 30, as the second-best, after Paine and cricket insiders said he deserves the first shot after the series opener at Gabba. But Inglis, 26, has impressed with his glove work and can, like Carey, turn a fight with the bat.

Alex Carey in 2019.

Alex Carey in 2019.Credit:Getty Images

New test skipper Pat Cummins said he and vice-captain Steve Smith would likely be tested on who they thought should win the role.

“You probably have three or four guys who could get on the team and you know what you’re getting,” he said.

“They’ll never let you down. It’s too early to tell. It’s clearly a voter’s decision, but (I am) absolutely really comfortable and confident in the options we have ahead of us.”

The great player Ian Healy, who was picked out of the relative obscurity in 1988 to get his test debut, said this week that voters had a tough call to make.

“Carey certainly deserves a try, but if George Bailey and his constituents say we want to be young and for the future, then it’s Josh Inglis or Jimmy Pearson,” Healy told SEN.

“But I will say that it is Josh Inglis who has definitely opened the door with his foot.”

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