Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has said Tim Paine’s resignation as captain over a sexting scandal will “inevitably” be a distraction in Ashes’ five-test round against England.
Paine resigned https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/paine-steps-down-australia-test-cricket-captain-after-texting-scandal-2021-11-19 from his role last Friday after revelations in the media he had been investigated and cleared for sexually explicit text messages sent to a former Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. “I think it will inevitably (a distraction). huge call for himself, for Australian cricket and for the betterment of the Australian cricket team. But that is not going to go away, “Ponting told a Cricket Australia website.
“As much as we would all like to see it go away and there comes a time when it is never talked about, it’s inevitable it’s there.” Unfortunately for Tim, he’s going to be asked about it everywhere he goes… He goes. explode and hopefully he will spend enough time to have a really good free space in Brisbane (for the first test). “
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon played down the impact Paine’s presence would have on the team. “I don’t see it as a distraction at all,” Lyon told reporters on Thursday.
“At the end of the day, we are professional athletes, we know what to do and how to do it.” The Ashes begins December 8 at Gabba.
Ponting said Alex Carey could replace Paine as wicket keeper if the 36-year-old was dropped, but backed Josh Inglis, who has yet to make his international debut, to be the long-term successor behind the strains. “I officially say I love Inglis – I think he’s going to be a really good cricketer for Australia for a long time to come, whatever format they pick him up in first, whether it’s the T20s, the one-dayers or trial cricket, ”added Ponting.
Lyon, however, said he wanted Paine behind the stumps. “The coaches said we were going to pick the best 11 available and to me Tim Paine is the best goalkeeper in the world,” he said.
“It’s very selfish from a bowler’s point of view. I want the best glove behind the stumps.”
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