Australia Test captain Tim Paine is all set to undergo surgery for a pinched nerve in his neck. The skipper of the Australian Test team had been suffering from pain in his neck, which hasn’t allowed him to train at full intensity. Paine, however, is expected to get fully fit before the start of the Ashes series.
Cricket Australia stated that Tim Paine is has been suffering from pain in his neck and left arm due to “a bulging disc which reduced his ability to train at full intensity and has not responded to treatment”.
He is likely to lead the Australian team in the upcoming Ashes 2021-22. With the first Test against England scheduled to start in Brisbane on December 8, the operation will take place on Tuesday to give time for recovery.
“The consensus of the spinal surgeon and the Cricket Australia medical team was to have the surgery now which will allow plenty of time to fully prepare for the summer,” he 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.”
In his Test cricket career, he has represented Australia in 35 matches thus far, scoring 1534 runs at an average of 32.6. Besides, he has played 35 ODIs and has scored 890 runs at an average of 27.8.
After the first Test, the action will move to Adelaide. The Boxing day Test will be held in Melbourne, while the fourth and fifth Test will be played in Sydney and Perth. Though, there is a chance that the venues could be changed due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
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