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Ricky Ponting feels that with Wade’s current poor form, Tim Paine (above) is the perfect choice over him and is also currently the best wicketkeeper in Australia © Getty Images

With Australia still reeling from the shocking omission of in form trio, along with the inclusion of Tim Paine over Matthew Wade and Peter Nevill, Ricky Ponting has backed the inclusion of Paine in the squad for the upcoming 2017-18 Ashes against England. Ponting feels that with Wade’s current poor form, Paine is the perfect choice over him and is also currently the best wicketkeeper in Australia. Paine made his Test debut back in 2010 against Pakistan at Lord’s while he was presented with the Baggy Green by Ponting himself. Ponting also feels that while Paine has been out of international cricket for quite some time, his inclusion in the squad is more or less having a fresh talent in the side and is bound to perform good. Ashes 2017-18: Sangha joins Tendulkar after scoring century against ENG in warm-up tie

On Paine’s inclusion

“I don’t think there’s ever been any doubt about his wicketkeeping ability which is the reason why he had never been dropped from the Australian team. I’ve said for a long time, that he’s clearly the best keeper in the country and over the years we’ve seen glimpses of how good a batsman he actually is. The thing about him is, he hasn’t actually played that much cricket because of the injuries he’s had. Two whole years off and then the last few years he’s been in and out of the state team as well,” said Ponting, as reported by cricket.com.au.

“Without playing much cricket he’s always looked after himself exceptionally well. He’s always the first one in the gym and he’s got a naturally fit and athletic body. If he can nail some good performances these first few Test matches then that will obviously secure his spot for the rest of this series. Which could then mean he’s Australia’s gloveman for the next few years.”