Warne: England no longer fear Australia

Warne: England no longer fear Australia

Surprise, certainly, at the unexpected advance of Tim Paine, and the eighth recall of Shaun Marsh, but also an inkling of a weakness to exploit: specifically the lack of a fifth bowler in Australia's ranks.

While former players, pundits and fans dissected the surprising selections for the hosts, England went about their business in Townsville, where they were all out for 515 on day three.

In a stunning selection, 32-year-old Paine, who was once on the brink of retirement over a serious finger fracture, was preferred to Wade and Peter Nevill for his first Test match since October 2010.

Bancroft can also keep wicket if needed.

Paine was left out of Tasmania's Sheffield Shield side earlier this season, with Wade behind the stumps for the state.

"Tim was identified as an global player a long time ago and has always been renowned as a very good gloveman", Hohns said.

"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", Hohns said.

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"He went back and scored Shield runs a year ago - he got 600 runs at an average of 60 towards the back end of the Shield summer".

Ex-Australia spinner Stuart MacGill slammed the Australian selectors, calling them "morons masquerading as mentors". "Times up gents", he wrote on Twitter.

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor congratulated Australia's selection panel for picking in-form players. And the Tasmanian keeper has gone even longer without a ton.

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.

In the multi-format series, the four points from two ODI wins, two points from the drawn day-night Test and the T20 victory enabled Australia take an unassailable lead and retain the trophy.

Against an underwhelming CA XI attack, Malan scored his first century in English colours to guarantee his spot at No.5 ahead at the Gabba.

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