Australia Test Captain Tim Paine is confident of being back in top form before the start of the next Ashes series at home.
Paine recently underwent invasive neck surgery. The 36-year-old stumper has struggled with a bulging disc in his neck and left arm in the recent past and finally decided to undergo surgery last week.
Questions were raised about Paine’s involvement with the Ashes after his neck surgery. However, the Tasmanian has claimed that he will reach full fitness in time and may even play a game of shields before the start of the series.
Speaking to SEN radio, Paine said:
“I will be dealing with the physical therapist at the hospital for the next six weeks before I am handed back to Cricket Tasmania and Cricket Australia to begin my cricket rehab. Hopefully, I will get a set of Shield for Tassie before then. And hopefully being on the winning side of a third winning Ashes would be something really special. “
The Ashes is scheduled to go live on December 8 in Gabba. However, it remains to be seen whether England will present their first XI option given the reluctance of older players to comply with the Down Under quarantine.
“They cut a big hole in my throat, they moved my larynx” – Australia captain Tim Paine in surgery before Ashes
Meanwhile, Paine has provided chilling details of her invasive neck surgery. The captain of the Australian test revealed that his doctors made a big hole in his throat, moved his larynx to the side and replaced the damaged discs with the new set.
“I ended up having disc replacements in C-6 and C-7, high up in my neck. They basically made a big hole in my throat, moved my larynx to the side and went in that way.”
“It is less invasive than traversing the back road, obviously with the spine is the safest way to do it. So they take them out (the damaged discs), put the new discs in and they sew them back together,” he added.
The goalie-hitter admitted that the recovery process will be slow.
“It actually feels really, really good, except for the front where I got the cut. I feel like my range is already better and I just have to make sure the front, where the cut is, heals and gives it record time. to ‘carry’ the rest of my column over the next month, and then get moving. “
“It’s a pretty slow process, if I’m totally honest. I’ll be (restricted to) walking for the next two weeks, and doing a lot of little physio-type neck movements, just to try and get the smaller muscles into my neck. again, “said the captain of Australia.
Paine will look forward to the series moving forward, which could allow him to become the first Australian captain since Steve Waugh to retain the Ashes both at home and away.