Former Banbury all-rounder Paine is back for Australia

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"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".

For Marsh, it is his eighth recall to the Australian Test team as selectors look for their best six batsmen in deference to the strong England bowling attack.

Melbounre: Australia appear confused by picking wicketkeeper Tim Paine for the Ashes squad against England as he is not even the first choice selection for his state side, retired leg-spinning great Shane Warne said on Friday.

Opener Matt Renshaw was dumped as a result of Bancroft's inclusion, while wicket-keeper Matthew Wade and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell were left out as well.

While Marsh's choice has some justification, a line-up of former Test players have hit out at the decision to include Paine - a back-up keeper with only one Shield game under his belt this season - over the likes of first class gloveman Peter Nevill and Matthew Wade.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said his team weren't surprised to see Paine named despite spending seven years in the Test abyss since making his Test debut in 2010, largely due to a run of injuries.

As for Paine, who last played Test cricket seven years ago, Hohns said: "Tim has performing well for us whenever he has represented Australia".

Ex-Australia spinner Stuart MacGill slammed the Australian selectors, calling them "morons masquerading as mentors". "He is a very talented and tough cricketer who shows a good temperament for Test cricket".

"He has thoroughly earned and deserves his call-up following some outstanding performances in the early rounds of the Sheffield Shield competition this season".

"Ashes selections. made by morons mascarading (sic) as mentors".

Hohns said Renshaw and Wade needed to rediscover their form at the domestic level. "Times (sic) up gents", he tweeted.

"We still view Matthew as a player of vast talent, but he is out of form at the moment and we don't feel an Ashes Test match is the best place for him to find form", Hohns said.

"Just go back to the basics, go back to Shield cricket, focus on some of the things he focused on before when he'd been successful and be patient".

Australia squad for first two Ashes Tests: S Smith (Captain), D Warner, C Bancroft, J Bird, P Cummins, P Handscomb, J Hazlewood, U Khawaja, N Lyon, S Marsh, T Paine (wkt), C Sayers, M Starc.

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