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Tim Paine scandal will be a distraction during Ashes: Ricky Ponting | Cricket News – Times of India

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting stated Tim Paine’s resignation from the captaincy on account of a ‘sexting’ scandal will “inevitably” be a distraction during the five-Test Ashes sequence towards England.
Paine stood down from the position 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 think it inevitably will (be a distraction). He’s made a huge call for himself, for Australian cricket and for the betterment of the Australian cricket team. But it’s not going to go away,” Ponting advised

“As much as we would all love to see it go away and there comes a point where it’s never talked about, it’s inevitable that it’s going to be there.
“Unfortunately for Tim he will get requested about it all over the place he goes … It will blow over and hopefully it passes in sufficient time to have some actually good clear headspace going into Brisbane (for the primary Test).”
The Ashes begins on Dec. 8 at the Gabba.
Ponting said Alex Carey could replace Paine as wicketkeeper if the 36-year-old is dropped but backed Josh Inglis, who has yet to make his international debut, to be the long-term successor behind the stumps.
“I’m on report saying I really like Inglis — I believe he will be a actually 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 Test cricket,” added Ponting.

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