Finger injury puts Paine out of action again

Tim Paine first suffered a fracture to his right index finger last November when he was struck on the glove by left-arm quick Dirk Nannes in an exhibition Twenty20 match in Brisbane Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Tasmania: Aug 29, 2011

An injury to right index figure could keep Tasmanian vice captain Tim paine out of action from the first domestic match of the season, according to a report in ABC News.

Cricket Australia (CA) said that the wicket-keeper batsman will be out of action for six weeks. It would imply that Paine will be doubtful for Tigers’ Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia, starting October 14.

Paine previously suffered injury to the index finger last November when he was hit on the glove by a Dirk Nannes delivery in a T20 match in Brisbane. This injury put him out of action for almost five months.

Paine, who holds a central contract, is considered to be a future leader by many. He has been impressive in his short international experience of 26 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four Tests. Apart from captaining Prime Minister’s XI in a tour match and Australia A in Zimbabwe, Paine spent most of the five weeks on the sidelines.

He was a replacement for Brad Haddin, who is struggling for form in the upcoming test series in Sri Lanka. An injury to Paine would force CA to replace him with Mathew Wade or Queensland veteran Chris Hartley.