Ashes squad: Selectors slammed as 'morons' after surprise calls

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Paine is back after a seven-year absence but his selection was the biggest surprise in the 13-man squad for the opening two matches.

He is to replace Matthew Wade, however, and is joined in a much-changed squad by uncapped pair Cameron Bancroft and Chadd Sayers as well as Shaun Marsh.

Paine has been behind Wade for Tasmania but was included in Steve Smith's side, with Australia selection chief Trevor Hohns calling him the best wicketkeeper in the country.

Bancroft, Paine and Marsh were all strongly-touted during the 24 hours preceding Cricket Australia's official announcement - but Sayers' promotion came from even further left field as an extra seam option alongside Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird.

"Tim was identified as an worldwide player a long time ago and has always been renowned as a very good glovesman, also performing well for us whenever he has represented Australia in any format", said selector Trevor Hohns.

Pundits were quick to query the decision. He made both his first-class and one-day debuts for Tasmania in 2005, scoring a one-day century later that season and a first-class century in the next.

Playing as a frontline batsman, Paine also scored an unbeaten 71 against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield this week.

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"I feel like I'm probably more ready now than I was when I played (before), certainly more mature".

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Debutant Cameron Bancroft will open in the Gabba clash that starts on Thursday, having claimed out-of-form youngster Matthew Renshaw's place at the top of the order.

Renshaw has been in poor form for Queensland but the 21-year-old's omission is certain to be polarising given his solid performances in the last home summer.

"Cameron has been a player of interest to us for some time now, having been unlucky to miss out on the Test tour to Bangladesh that was cancelled in 2015".

Former Australia bowler Brett Geeves was typically forthright with his reaction, dubbing Marsh's selection - the eighth time he has been recalled - as "confusing and contradictory", given the recent messages around Ed Cowan's non-selection in New South Wales' Shield team due to his age.

"We're only going to be interested in them once we get to Brisbane and think about that first Test and who we're going to play against and how we're going to get their certain players out".

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