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Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting stated Tim Paine‘s resignation from the captaincy as a result of a ‘sexting’ scandal will “inevitably” be a distraction throughout the five-Check Ashes sequence in opposition to England.
Paine stood down from the function final Friday after media revelations he had been investigated and cleared over sexually specific textual content messages despatched to a feminine former colleague at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.
“I feel it inevitably will (be a distraction). He is made an enormous name for himself, for Australian cricket and for the betterment of the Australian cricket workforce. But it surely’s not going to go away,” Ponting instructed cricket.com.au.

“As a lot as we’d all like to see it go away and there comes some extent the place it is by no means talked about, it is inevitable that it’ll be there.
“Sadly for Tim he’ll get requested about it all over the place he goes … It’ll blow over and hopefully it passes in sufficient time to have some actually good clear headspace going into Brisbane (for the primary Check).”
The Ashes begins on Dec. 8 on the Gabba.
Ponting stated Alex Carey might exchange Paine as wicketkeeper if the 36-year-old is dropped however backed Josh Inglis, who has but to make his worldwide debut, to be the long-term successor behind the stumps.
“I am on document saying I really like Inglis — I feel he’ll be a very good cricketer for Australia for a very long time in no matter format they choose him in first, whether or not its T20s, One-dayers or Check cricket,” added Ponting.

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