The former Australian Test captain has been named as Matthew Wade’s replacement in Hobart Hurricanes’ squad to face Melbourne Renegades.Paine was added to the 15-man squad on Saturday morning when Wade was suspended.Wade has been rubbed out of the clash after incurring three Level One Code of Conduct breaches within 18 months. “The charges in that period relate to two instances of use of an audible obscenity and one instance of abuse of cricket equipment,” a Hurricanes statement read. Hurricanes opener Ben McDermott was favoured to take the gloves from Wade but has also not been named, paving the way for Paine to play his first BBL match since early 2018. “He’s a late induction. He was saying before that we missed out on a few hundred ticket sales because it wasn’t announced earlier,” McDermott said on Fox Cricket.“(He’ll bring) a lot of energy, obviously great with the gloves, we’re looking forward to seeing how he goes tonight.”Hobart coach Jeff Vaughan said Paine had spent time with the Hurricanes in recent weeks before his hasty call-up. “He’s been around the ground for the first couple of weeks of the tournament and been around training,” Vaughan said. “So (he) has got a good feel of how we’re trying to go about it. But a great addition to any team.”Former Aussie gloveman Brad Haddin said he expected Paine to relish a return to the BBL. “He’ll bring a lot of excitement. He loves this form of the game,” Haddin said. “We know he’s made his name in Test cricket and led Australia beautifully, he loves playing on the big occasions down here at his home ground. “He’ll be excited. He’ll bring a lot of experience and some tidiness behind the stumps. Look at him to play a bigger role than you’d expect with the bat.”Paine was in before the 10th ove with Hobart batting first after three wickets from David Moody rocked the home crowd. He was in at No.6 with the Hurricanes reeling at 4-65. McDermott confirmed he would miss with a hamstring issue. The 38-year-old was named at No. 7 in the Hurricanes’ batting line-up but came in earlier. Paine has turned out in three Sheffield Shield matches since the start of October.
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