Tim Paine to have neck surgery for pinched nerve, Ashes preparations status doubtful
Tim Paine would undergo neck surgery to repair a pinched nerve. While he is expected to be out of action for a month, he will have hardly a month to prepare for the Ashes.
Australian Test skipper Tim Paine is expected to be out of action for a month, as he is scheduled to undergo neck surgery to repair a pinched nerve. As a result, it has cast doubt on his Ashes preparations, while he is expected to have around a month.
According to cricket.com.au, Paine is having discomfort in his neck and left arm owing to a bulging disc. After consulting a spinal surgeon last week in Hobart, he has been advised to undergo surgery to relieve the nerve's pressure.
Paine has had major surgeries in the past, as injuries to his right index finger put him on the verge of retirement in 2017. He underwent seven rounds of surgery, with pins and a plate holding his finger together.
Speaking on the same, Paine said in a statement that he was advised by the surgeon and CA's medical team to have the surgery now, giving him ample time to recover until the Ashes. He expected to restart his physical training by the end of the month and resume total activity next month.
He sounds confident about playing the first Test. However, he could likely miss out on the scheduled Test against Afghanistan at his home ground of Hobart. In contrast, the Test itself is in doubt, with CA not willing to host the Afghan men following the Taliban's decision not to allow Afghan women to play the sport.
However, there also seems to be some uncertainty regarding the Ashes itself. Both CA and England and Wales Cricket Board are in discussions regarding the quarantine regulations in Australia, which could force certain players to opt out of the tour.
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