Tim Paine “extremely confident” of being fit to lead Australia in opening Ashes Test

The
36-year-old,
who
had
disc
replacements
on
his
C-6
and
C-7
in
the
neck,
is
expected
to
be
under
recovery
for
six
weeks
while
the
first
Ashes
Test
is
slated
to
begin
at
the
Gabba
from
December
8.

“As
soon
as
this
six
week
block
is
over
I
think
I’ll
be
good
to
go.
I’m
36
years
of
age,
I’ve
done
plenty
of
cricket
training
and
I
know
my
game
fairly
well,”
Paine
told
‘SEN
Radio’.

“I’m
pretty
confident
outside
of
that
six-week
time
frame
that
I’d
be
right
to
go
within
a
week
if
I
needed
to
be,
so
that
gives
me
plenty
of
time.

“I
obviously
won’t
be
as
fit
or
as
strong
as
I
would
like
to
be,
but
I
think
if
I’m
moving
freely
then
I’ll
give
a
good
fist
of
it,”
he
added.

Australia
captain
Paine
to
undergo
surgery
ahead
of
Ashes

The
wicketkeeper
batsman
hopes
to
get
in
a
Shield
game
before
the
marquee
series.

“It’s
two
and
a
half
months
(until
the
Ashes),
and
after
that
six
weeks
I’ll
get
straight
into
my
cricket
and
I
could
be
ready
anywhere
from
a
week
to
ten
days.
December
8
is
the
first
Test,
and
I’m
extremely
confident
I’ll
be
right
to
go
before
then.

“I”ll
hopefully
get
a
Shield
game
in
for
Tassie
beforehand,
and
to
be
hopefully
on
the
end
of
a
third
winning
Ashes
would
be
something
really
special
for
me
and
the
team.”

Talking
about
the
procedure,
Paine
said
“I
ended
up
having
disc
replacements
on
C-6
and
C-7,
high
up
in
the
neck.
Basically,
they
cut
a
big
hole
in
my
throat,
move
my
voice
box
over
to
the
side
and
go
in
that
way.

“I
feel
like
my
range
is
already
better
and
I’ve
just
got
to
make
sure
the
front,
where
the
cut
is,
heals
and
I
give
the
disc
time
to
‘take’ to
the
rest
of
my
spine
over
the
next
month
or
so,
and
then
get
moving.

“It’s
a
pretty
slow
process,
if
I’m
totally
honest.
I’ll
be
(restricted
to)
walking
for
the
next
couple
of
weeks,
and
doing
a
lot
of
little
neck
physio-type
movements
just
to
try
and
get
the
smaller
muscles
in
my
neck
working
again.”

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Paine
revealed
that
bulging
disk
had
led
to
a
loss
of
strength
in
his
left
arm.

“I
obviously
had
a
bulging
disc
pushing
on
the
nerve
canal
on
my
spine.
I
was
having
a
few
issues
down
the
left
side
of
my
body.

“I
was
losing
a
lot
of
strength
in
my
left
arm,
and
I
was
getting
a
lot
of
sort
of
nerve
pain
down
the
back
of
my
arm.”

Paine
feels
going
under
the
knife
was
the
right
thing
to
do.

“I
didn’t
want
it
to
become
anything
permanent
and
I
think
if
I
left
it
too
long
I
think
there’s
a
chance
that
it
could.
The
second
one
is
that
I
wanted
to
be
playing
in
the
Ashes
and
playing
good.

“I
didn’t
want
it
to
come
good
in
a
month
and
then
continually
flaring
up
in
the
Ashes,
if
it
had
come
back
as
bad
as
it
had
been
at
times
there’s
no
way
I
would’ve
been
able
to
play
if
it
was
the
morning
of
a
Test
match.
I
didn’t
want
to
take
that
risk.”

The
C6-C7
disc
is
6th
cervical
disc
near
the
lower
part
of
the
neck,
near
the
top
of
the
shoulders.

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