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Australia ‘shocked’ by Paine scandal but back him for Ashes: Harris

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MELBOURNE, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Australia’s take a look at cricketers had been shocked to study of Tim Paine’s resignation from the captaincy over a ‘sexting’ scandal but are totally behind him to proceed as wicketkeeper for the Ashes, batsman Marcus Harris stated.

Opener Harris stated gamers solely grew to become 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 advised reporters on Wednesday.

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“So it’s not ideal but someone’s going to have to step up and lead from the front.

“Painey will nonetheless be round and might nonetheless present management in many alternative methods but we’re trying 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 most likely nonetheless argue that he’s nonetheless the perfect gloveman within the nation and he nonetheless performed a number of necessary innings final summer time towards India,” he said.

“I do know he’s acquired all of the assist 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 handling of the sexting scandal have triggered recriminations, with Cricket Tasmania accusing the national body of hanging the wicketkeeper out to dry having cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2018. read more

The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday reported players were also unhappy with Cricket Australia’s treatment of Paine, but Harris said he was unaware of any rift.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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Cricket - Ashes 2019 - Fifth Test - England v Australia - Kia Oval, London, Britain - September 12, 2019   Australia's Tim Paine during the warm up before the start of play. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

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