Spinner Nathan Lyon has asked Tim Paine to retain his place on the Australia team after Tasmania resigned as captain for inappropriate behavior.
The 36-year-old married father of two resigned just weeks before the first test against England after it was revealed that he sent explicit messages to a colleague from Cricket Tasmania in 2017.
Lyon, who formed a strong association with the designated glove to lead his country after the cheating scandal in 2018, told reporters Thursday that Paine should still be selected behind the stumps.
Nathan Lyon (right) insists that Tim Paine (left) should keep his spot on the Australia side for the Ashes
Spinner Lyon (pictured) described Paine as the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ and believes he should play for the Ashes despite resigning as captain following his sexting scandal.
The selectors said they were going to choose the best XI available. In my opinion, Tim Paine is the best goalkeeper in the world, ”Lyon said.
This is very selfish: from a bowler’s point of view, I want the best glove keeper behind the stumps.
“Every bowler’s relationship with the goalkeeper is exceptional.”
The New South Wales product said Paine was a “very lovable and highly respected guy”, indicating that the former captain has the backing of the team to face England when the series begins in Brisbane.
Lyon said: ‘I’m pretty sure I’m speaking on behalf of every bowler that we want the best goalkeeper.
Paine has been endorsed by his teammates to appear on The Ashes despite the scandal
“He has my full support and I guarantee 100% that he has the full support of the Australian dressing room,” added the 34-year-old.
Lyon’s teammate in Australia, Marcus Harris, has also backed Paine in the aftermath of the scandal, echoing Lyon’s point that he should enter the Australia team for the opening test in Brisbane on December 8 only by force. of your wicketkeeping skills.
‘Yes absolutely. He’s done a really good job in the last few years under difficult circumstances, and I think you can probably still argue that he’s the best glove in the country, “Harris said.
‘I know he has the support of all the players. Obviously, Painey is a very popular member of the group, and he was also a captain.
Starter Marcus Harris has endorsed Paine to be selected for the upcoming Ashes series
Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after their sexting scandal
“So we are looking forward to him getting here in the next week and getting on with cricket.”
Harris added that most of the Australia team have contacted Paine in the wake of the scandal, having only been informed half an hour before it broke out last week.
However, it will be up to the selectors to decide if Paine keeps his place in Australia’s Ashes squad or if he is fired.
Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages.
A five-person panel will make the decision, but it appears not to include coach Justin Langer, who will focus on preparing the team.
Instead, the job will fall to selectors George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide, Cricket Australia board member Mel Jones, CEO Nick Hockley and chairman Richard Freudenstein.
Alex Carey is expected to take the gloves if Paine falls.
Harris wouldn’t be drawn to who the next captain should be, with Pat Cummins and Steve Smith among the favorites.
Another factor working against Paine is a shortage of practice since he underwent neck surgery in September. His last competitive game before that was in April, when he played for Tasmania against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.
He made his comeback for Tasmania’s second eleven on Monday, capturing six catches, but was later eliminated by a second ball.
Her text exchange with the Cricket Tasmania staff member from 2017 included an unsolicited image of her genitalia and ‘graphic sexual comments’ that led her to complain seven months later.
Paine was investigated and cleared of wrongdoing by Cricket Australia in 2018, when he confessed to his wife Bonnie that he had sexed the woman within 18 hours.
Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staff member in 2017
But the matter was kept under wraps for three years until the messages were made public Friday afternoon and Paine tearfully resigned as Australian captain a few weeks before the Ashes.
Meanwhile, the game was abandoned on the third day of England’s warm-up against the England Lions due to rain at Wellington Point, with Haseeb Hameed (53) and Rory Burns (39) undefeated in the area.
England will face Australia in the first round in Gabba starting on December 8 and the fifth and final round is scheduled for the Optus Stadium in Perth on January 14.
Tim Paine’s dramatic rise and fall in the sexting scandal
Australian captain Tim Paine walks to switch sides during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021.
2010: Tim Paine makes his testing debut against Pakistan, replacing the injured Brad Haddin, but is abandoned with the return of the starter.
April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs
November 17, 2017 – Crash recall awarded for the Ashes series
November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends lewd messages to a co-worker on the eve and morning of the first ash test in Brisbane. The couple had exchanged text messages throughout the year.
January 2018: selected for the team that will tour South Africa
March 25, 2018 – Named interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner retired over ‘sandpapergate’ ball handling scandal
March 28, 2018: Paine is named captain of the fourth round of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian side
April 2018: Cricket Australia awarded him a national contract.
June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania learn of the messages and initiate an investigation, following a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was exonerated during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages, but decided to stay with him.
2018-2021: Paine continues as captain of the test, retaining the ashes in England in 2019
November 19, 2021: Paine retires when all the details of the explicit messages appear.