Australia’s leading contenders to replace Paine at the Ashes... and all are flawed

Australia’s leading contenders to replace Paine at the Ashes... and all are flawed

Australia’s leading contenders to replace Paine at the Ashes... and all are flawed Australia is looking for a new Test wicketkeeper just days out from the first Ashes Test after Tim Paine took an indefinite leave of absence. Paine quit his role as Test captain last Friday after details of an explicit image and a string of lewd messages sent to a colleague in November 2017 became public. He intended to still play the first Test on December 8 but, after a week of intense scrutiny, the 36-year-old opted to pull the pin on his Ashes plans and step away from cricket. The decision has left selectors scrambling for a Plan B with Alex Carey, Josh Inglis and Matthew Wade the leading contenders to take Paine’s spot. All three wicketkeepers …
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