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Australia cricketers ‘shocked’ by Tim Paine scandal however again him for Ashes: Marcus Harris

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Australia cricketers 'shocked' by Tim Paine scandal but back him for Ashes: Marcus Harris

Australia’s Marcus Harris stated that Test cricketers have been shocked to be taught of Tim Paine’s resignation from the captaincy over a ‘sexting’ scandal however are absolutely behind him to proceed as wicketkeeper for the Ashes. Tim Paine ‘nonetheless the most effective gloveman’ for Australia: Opener Marcus Harris (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia ‘shocked’ by Paine scandal however again him for Ashes: HarrisTim Paine ‘nonetheless the most effective gloveman’ for Australia: Marcus HarrisHarris backs Tim Paine to maintain the wickets in AshesAustralian opener Marcus Harris has backed Tim Paine to proceed taking part in as wicketkeeper after a sexting scandal noticed the 36-year-old relinquish the captaincy.

Harris stated that Australia’s Test cricketers solely turned conscious of Paine’s resolution half an hour earlier than he went public final Friday to disclose he had been investigated over lewd textual content messages despatched to a feminine Cricket Tasmania staffer 4 years in the past.”People were obviously a bit shocked but we’ve got a lot of good leaders around our group,” Harris informed reporters on Wednesday.”So it’s not ideal, but someone’s going to have to step up and lead from the front.”Painewill nonetheless be round and might nonetheless present management in many various methods, however we’re wanting ahead to stepping into camp and getting on with it.”Paine, who has been playing a domestic match in Tasmania this week while other test players are on the Gold Coast, is the only specialist wicketkeeper in Australia’s 15-man Ashes squad.However, selectors chairman George Bailey has confirmed he is no lock for the first test starting in Brisbane on Dec. 8 while he races to prove himself match-fit after neck surgery.Harris said Paine was very popular among the playing group, had done a “actually good job” under tough circumstances over the last few years and deserved to keep his place in the side.”I believe you’d in all probability nonetheless argue that he’s nonetheless the most effective gloveman within the nation and he nonetheless performed a number of essential innings final summer season in opposition to India,” he said.”I do know he’s acquired all of the help of the gamers and like I stated, all that different stuff is as much as individuals above me.”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 stated he was unaware of any rift.Click right here for IndiaAt’s full protection of the coronavirus pandemic.