Australian men’s Test captain Tim Paine is set to have surgery on his neck, limiting his training for the next month in preparations for the upcoming summer of cricket and Ashes series.
After consultation with a spinal surgeon in Hobart following reports he was suffering pain in his neck and left arm – a result of a bulging disc – that limited his pre-season training with Tasmania, Paine was advised he would need treatment.
The agreement between Paine and the surgeon concluded that he would need surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his neck to relieve the pressure. The procedure was also recommended to allow him to return to training later this month in preparation for the upcoming summer season that begins with a possible Test match against Afghanistan in Hobart from November 27.
The 36-year-old said he was undergoing surgery early in an effort to recover in time to fulfill his full capabilities as captain.
“The consensus of the spinal surgeon and the CA medical team was to have the surgery now which will allow plenty of time to fully prepare for the summer,” Paine said.
“I expect to be able to restart physical activity by the end of this month and be back in full training in October. I will be ready to go by the first Test and am very much looking forward to what will be a huge summer.”
This latest trip to the operating table isn’t Paine’s first, having previously undergone surgery for various injuries in the past including seven bouts of surgery to his right index finger in 2016 which left him with pins and a plate holding the finger together.
It was a procedure that resulted in Paine contemplating retirement however he was recalled to the Test squad 12 months later for an Ashes series at home – picked seven years after his latest Test match at that stage.
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Paine, who’s lead the Australian Test side since 2018 is also hopeful of getting in enough preparation with the team for this year’s Ashes series against England at the Gabba, scheduled to start on December 8.
Paine already has tasted Ashes success as a Test captain after leading his side to retain the urn when Australia travelled to England in 2019. The victory at Manchester ensuring the little urn remained in Australian hands.
Since Paine’s appointment into the main role, he has captained the side in 23 Test matches for 11 wins, eight losses, and two draws. Overall, the wicketkeeper-batsman has played 35 Test matches, scoring 1534 runs at an average of 32.64 which includes nine 50s.
Due to the surgery setback, Paine is also expected to be ruled out of the opening stages of Tasmania’s domestic campaign which is slated to begin on September 28 against Queensland.
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