Tim Paine was the shock inclusion in Australia’s squad for the first Test.
Tim Paine was the shock inclusion in Australia’s squad for the first Test.

No more Mr Niiice Guy: Paine to end ‘Garry’ call

TIM Paine may have grown up in the backyard alongside Matt Wade but he is unlikely to deliver fans a cover version of his greatest hit.

With the "Nice Garry" catch cry, Wade turned Nathan Lyon into an instant cult-hero last summer, but it seems the Australian off-spinner has his work cut out getting his new wicketkeeper to carry on the tradition at the Gabba.

Lyon has ordered Paine to his room for extra voice training ahead of Thursday's Ashes start, but Wade's 32-year-old replacement behind the stump mic is worried it doesn't sound quite right.

"He's trying to (make me). He's got some deal on the side I think," said Paine.

"I don't think I will (give a rendition). It doesn't come naturally to me, I tried it yesterday."

This might come as news to Lyon himself, who has grown used to strangers young and old chanting "Nice Garry" to him on the street.

Tim Paine was the shock inclusion in Australia’s squad for the first Test.
Tim Paine was the shock inclusion in Australia’s squad for the first Test.

In the form of his life and with no one calling for four quicks at the Gabba, Lyon (nicknamed Garry after AFL great Garry Lyon) is trying to put Paine through his paces.

"Already has. I sat him down yesterday. He's working on it. I know he's been in his room working on it," said Lyon.

"It's brilliant. I've now got little kids and guys older than my dad walking around the streets calling me Nice Garry.

"It's a little bit different, I'm enjoying it, it gives the boys a lot of humour."

The behind the scenes story of Paine's usurping of Wade as Test keeper is extraordinary to say the least.

The pair grew up as childhood friends and Paine says his brother is still filthy Cricket Australia haven't properly credited him for producing two Test keepers.

"I've known Matt since I was about 12. We played in the same backyard cricket comp at Wadey's cousins," said Paine.

"It's an extraordinary story. My brother still can't believe he hasn't been given the call from Cricket Australia as a wicketkeeping coach.

"All he had was a tennis ball and a tennis racquet and he's produced two Test keepers. He's up this week so I'm sure he'll introduce himself to (CA boss) Pat Howard."



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