Oz reserve keeper Paine ruled out for season with finger injury

Hobart: Tim Paine, reserve Australian wicketkeeper, will miss the entire Australia summer of cricket after breaking his finger.

Paine is set for at least a six-week stint on the sidelines after breaking his finger in an exhibition game on Sunday night.

He was hit by a Dirk Nannes 148km/h thunderbolt while batting in the ACA All-Stars Twenty20 match at the Gabba, and broke his right index finger.

Paine flew to Melbourne on Tuesday to see a specialist. It is doubtful he will be back on the park until early January at best.