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Tim Paine sexting scandal: Australia team shocked but back him to retain Ashes spot

Tim Paine sexting scandal: Australia staff shocked however again him to retain Ashes spot | Cricket Information

Australia opener Marcus Harris mentioned gamers solely turned conscious of Paine’s determination half an hour earlier than he went public final Friday (November 19) to disclose he had been investigated over lewd textual content messages despatched to a feminine Cricket Tasmania staffer 4 years in the past.
“Individuals have been clearly a bit shocked however we have a whole lot of good leaders round our group,” Harris instructed reporters on Wednesday. “So it is not excellent however somebody’s going to should step up and lead from the entrance. Painey will nonetheless be round and may nonetheless present management in many alternative methods however we’re trying ahead to moving into camp and getting on with it,” he added.
Tim Paine talking after confirming he’d stand down because the Australian Males’s Take a look at captain. He will probably be accessible for the Ashes.
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Paine, who has been enjoying a home match in Tasmania this week whereas different take a look at gamers are on the Gold Coast, is the one specialist wicketkeeper in Australia’s 15-man Ashes squad.
Nonetheless, selectors chairman George Bailey has confirmed he’s no lock for the primary take a look at beginning in Brisbane on December 8 whereas he races to show himself match-fit after neck surgical procedure. Harris mentioned Paine was highly regarded among the many enjoying group, had finished a “actually good job” beneath powerful circumstances over the previous few years and deserved to maintain his place within the aspect.
“I feel you’d in all probability nonetheless argue that he is nonetheless one of the best gloveman within the nation and he nonetheless performed just a few essential innings final summer time in opposition to India, I do know he is obtained all of the assist of the gamers and like I mentioned, all that different stuff is as much as individuals above me.” he mentioned.
Paine’s resignation and Cricket Australia’s dealing with of the sexting scandal have triggered recriminations, with Cricket Tasmania accusing the nationwide physique of hanging the wicketkeeper out to dry having cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2018.
The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday reported gamers have been additionally sad with Cricket Australia’s therapy of Paine, however Harris mentioned he was unaware of any rift.
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