Ashes 2021-22: Tim Paine eyes 7-week recovery, claims surgery was the correct decision despite Ashes doubt

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Ashes 2021-22: Tim Paine remains confident of recovering in time for the Ashes, after undergoing surgery on his neck. The Australian Test captain had a bulging nerve on the left-hand side, causing him serious pain. While many questioned the timing of the surgery, especially with the Ashes around the corner, Paine revealed that he did connect with a few fellow sportsmen who went through a similar process.

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Ashes 2021-22: As per Fox Sports, Tim Paine consulted former NRL and Wallabies star Matt Rogers and recently retired Melbourne AFL captain Nathan Jones before undergoing surgery. The pair underwent similar operations and Rogers was back playing in the NRL within six weeks.

“The precedent has been set, guys have got back from it reasonably quickly. We’ve been talking to all those players, their physios, their surgeons to track their rehab plans and get me back as quick as we can. As soon as this six-week block is over I’ll be good to go. I’m pretty confident outside of that six weeks I’ll be ready to go within a week. That gives me plenty of time (for the Ashes). I won’t be as fit or as strong as I’d like to be. If I am moving freely, I’ll give a good fist of it,” said Paine on Friday.

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Ashes 2021-22: Tim Paine eyes 7-week recovery, claims surgery was the correct decision despite Ashes doubt

Tim Paine revealed that surgery was the correct course of action especially considering his long-term health even if it put his participation for the Ashes 2021 in doubt. Speaking to SEN, the Australian captain said, “I had the bulging disc pressing on my spine, I was shaving some pain down the left side of my body. It was that touch-and-go stage, where I don’t get it done and take the risk I’ll be right for the Ashes or get it done now and make sure I am. I’m pretty happy with the decision. After the surgeon had a look in there, he said it was a good decision to get it done.”

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Ashes 2021-22: He added, “It’s a slow process, I’ll be walking over the next couple of weeks, doing a lot of little neck physio movements. It’s a see how we go from there. I know I will be dealing with physios for the next six weeks before I start my cricket rehab. I want to keep playing for Tasmania after my international career. To have it fixed and out of the way was the correct decision long term.”

The Ashes :are expected to kick off on December 8 in Brisbane later this year.