The spin king wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that while “it was sad to see what happened” he believes now is the time for a new wicketkeeper.
On Friday Paine announced he was resigning from the Test captaincy after reports surfaced of a historical sexting scandal from 2017 between him and a Cricket Tasmania employee.
Tim Paine stepped down as captain of the Australian cricket team on Friday after a historic sexting scandal surfaced. Picture: Kelly Defina/Getty Images
Shane Warne has called for Josh Inglis to be named as Tim Paine’s replacement. Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images
Warne said now that Paine no longer had the role of captain his position in the side would come under scrutiny with strong contenders now in the picture to take up the wicket keeping position.
“When you take a close look at his position at number seven in the batting order, and the other candidates to play that role, the other standout wicketkeeper/batsmen around the country and the runs they were making, there was a groundswell of people starting to ask if Tim Paine was in fact the best option for the Test team,” he wrote.
The former Australian leg spinner also called on the public to hold their judgement on Paine saying “sportspersons are human, they have feelings”.
“I really feel for him, what he’s going through, and what his family is going through,” he wrote.
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“Let’s stop the judgement. It’s not our place to do that.”
Paine was thrust into the role of Australian captain in the aftermath of the sandpaper scandal which saw then captain Steve Smith and David Warner and Cameron Bancroft suspended.
While Warne has previously criticised Paine’s captaincy he applauded the Tasmanian for his contribution in returning respect and integrity to the team.
“He became the leader the team needed and the spokesman for the team,” he said.
“In my opinion, Tim did a terrific job. He led the team through and then out of one of the darkest periods in Australian cricket.
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“Everyone in Australian cricket was able to breathe a sigh of relief. The past was buried and Australia is back to winning World Cups, and being respected through the way Tim conducted himself and the team.”
The former Australian leg spinner said Paine’s decision to step down was the right one before he singled out who he sees as three candidates to become Australia’s next Test wicketkeeper.
“Tim has thought of the team, been unselfish, by standing down now. But as I’ve said it’s time to move on,” he said
“Matt Wade, Josh Inglis or Alex Carey should get their chance to come in and play Paine’s role in the Test team.
“Inglis gets my vote. He’s got silky smooth hands behind the stumps, he’s a 360 degree player with the bat and coming off three first class hundreds last season for WA.”

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