Twitterati reacts to Australia's 'shocking' Ashes squad

Twitterati reacts to Australia’s ‘shocking’ Ashes squad

Time Paine has made a comeback after being out in the cold for seven years from the Test format.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia (CA) announced their squad for the first two Ashes Tests. The selectors have dropped a bomb by making major changes in the squad for the series opener. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has been called back into the Test side after being away from the scenes for seven long years. Interestingly, Paine was not assigned the work of the gloveman as another contender Matthew Wade took on the position for Tasmania in the three matches of the Sheffield Shield.

Apart from Paine, the management has also shown trust in opener Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh, as they too have been included in the squad for the first two Tests of the series. South Australia’s Chadd Sayers also got a ticket to Gabba, and he might as well make his debut against England in the 1st game.

Skipper Steve Smith is confident about Bancroft, who has been piling on some serious scores in the domestic circuit. “He’s been looked at for some time,” Smith said. “He was included on the tour to Bangladesh a couple of years go which didn’t go ahead, and I guess the selectors said at the start of the Sheffield Shield that there’s a bit of pressure on for some spots and guys that can put their hand up are going to be considered.”

Marsh in for the no.6 spot

Shaun Marsh has been picked for the no.6 spot as he is more likely to face the second new ball. Another name that was doing the rounds was that of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. But the death of his father after battling illness meant he should be handled in a matured manner.

The internet was in for a shocker and many expressed their views on Twitter. The microblogging site is known as the ideal medium for cricket fans to express their opinions and this time too we have managed to bring in some interesting tweets.

 Here are some of the most interesting tweets:

Australian Squad:

Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.