Australia gamble for Ashes recalling Paine

Paine, who has not kept for Tasmania in their opening three Sheffield Shield games because of the presence of incumbent Test gloveman Matthew Wade, comes into the 13-man squad along with batsmen Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh.

"When I first got dropped my whole mindset was 'I'll go back to Shield cricket, I'll make a hundred in this next game, I'll make a hundred in the game after that and before you know it I'll be back in the Test team'".

Bancroft, Paine and Marsh were all strongly-touted during the 24 hours preceding Cricket Australia's official announcement - but Sayers' promotion came from even further left field as an extra seam option alongside Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird.

As for Paine, who last played Test cricket seven years ago, Hohns said: "Tim has performing well for us whenever he has represented Australia".

Former Australian Test cricketer John Hastings can't see how selectors looked past the country's top two keepers, praising Nevill with a huge compliment.

An Australia representative at Twenty20 and Under-19 level, Bancroft, long identified as a batsman of the future due to his temperament at the crease, also impressed against Australia's best bowlers when facing New South Wales earlier this month.

Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test evoked a wide range of emotions as they made six changes from the side that beat Bangladesh in September.

"We still view Matthew as a player of enormous 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.

The selections were described as "bombshells" in Australian press, while former Test bowler Stuart MacGill lashed the selectors as "morons". "Times (sic) up gents", he tweeted.

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

Bancroft has been close to selection before and, unlike Renshaw, is in outstanding form.

The injury-prone 34-year-old Marsh has been in decent form for Western Australia but averages a modest 36 in Tests and has never cemented his place despite plenty of chances since his 2011 debut against Sri Lanka.

The first Test begins at the 'Gabba on Thursday.

Their fast bowling will be led by Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird and Pat Cummins.

  • Angelo Rivera