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"We All Know Tim Paine

Tasmanian cricket officials declared Tim Paine was "ready to play" and dodged questions about his sexting scandal as the now former Test captain returned to playing on Monday with the intention of playing in the Ashes.


Paine, who quit his post as Australian captain on Friday after revelations of him sending sexually explicit images and messages to an female Cricket Tasmania colleague back in 2017 when he stepped out in Hobart for Tasmania's second-XI.


It was the 36-year old's first competitive match since April 6 following a gruelling neck surgery in September. It was also his first step on what some think could yet be a road to the first Ashes Test on December 8.


He put on his wicketkeeping gloves at Lindisfarne Oval, and took six catches in support of his team against South Australia.


Simon Insley, the high performance manager at Cricket Tasmania, didn't answer any questions about the scandal. He said that Paine was "ready for cricket" and wanted him to press his Ashes claims, despite doubts about whether he'd get distracted by his position in the national team.
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"Whenever you are going through difficult times , you want to be with your friends and do what you can best," Insley said at Lindisfarne Oval.


"He is an exceptional cricketer and wants to play to play cricket and prepare for the Ashes.


"He would like to demonstrate his form and be ready for selection.


"We all know Tim Paine. He is an extremely focused and determined person.


"Everyone is feeling the pain of the events of the past few days, and he's eager for his group of friends to get together and play cricket."


Insley said that Paine's Tasmanian teammates were eager to play with Paine "regardless of what has transpired in the last few days".


"This has been a very calculated return of cricket. Insley said that if there were doubts regarding his fitness, he wouldn’t be playing a second-XI game.

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