Australia Test opener Marucus Harris has backed former skipper Tim Paine for the best glovesman in the country. Harris said that Paine has full support of the entire team as he tries to overcome the turmoil in his life following the sexting scandal.
“He’s done a really good job the past few years under tough circumstances,” Harris told news.com.au on Wednesday.
“You could argue he’s still the best gloveman in the country. He played a few really important innings last summer. I know he has the support of all the players, and all that other stuff is up to people above me,” said Harris, who will likely open with David Warner in the Ashes, beginning in Brisbane on December 8.
Cricket Australia is yet annouce the new skipper for the team in the longest format. Pat Cummins is leading the race to lock that spot however former captain Steve Smith is also one of the most strongest contenders.
“I think knowing Paine, knowing his character; he’s a pretty strong and resilient bloke. So if anyone can get through it I’m backing Paine to be able to get through that,” added Harris.
“Tim’s obviously been a great leader around the group. He’s always been really good to me and my family. So you know, our hearts went out for Bonnie (Paine’s wife) and the kids and his family. And then yeah, there’s obviously CA are going to have to work out who leads now.”
First Ashes Test will be played from December 8 at The Gabba in Brisbane.