New Delhi: After shining both with the bat and gloves lately, Tim Paine has an edge over Brad Haddin, the other Australian wicketkeeper, when the team will be picked for the upcoming Ashes, said Australian great Rod Marsh.
Talking to an ICC podcast, the former Aussie glovesman said Haddin is more aggressive in his approach while Paine is more traditional, when it comes to batting and wicketkeeping.
"Tim is a more correct or traditional type player, whereas Brad with the bat can be as explosive as anyone I've ever seen, he's a magnificent striker of the ball and I think anyone would like to have Brad in the team," Marsh said.
"However, Tim has done so well it is going to be hard for Brad to get back in. That's not such a bad thing for Australian cricket if you've got two guys playing exceptionally well and challenging each other," he added.
Marsh also complimented Paine for his performance in the absence of Haddin, who had returned to club cricket after nursing his injury in the last few months.
"I think Tim obviously playing in Test matches now and also a few one dayers, his 'keeping will come on in leaps and bounds," said Marsh.
"It happens that the more you're picked the better you become."
The 25-year-old Paine was the third highest run getter - 183 runs, including two fifties - for Australia in the recently concluded two-match Test series against India.