Langer won’t rule out return for Paine


Australia coach Justin Langer has not ruled out a return to international cricket for Tim Paine despite the wicket-keeper resigning from the captaincy fol-lowing his involvement in a “sexting” scandal. Paine threw Australia’s Ashes preparations into turmoil three weeks before the start of the series against England when he quit the role before it was announced he would be taking an indefinite mental health break from the game.

“When I saw him [Paine] he’s obviously shat-tered with what’s happened because he’s been such an exemplary figure in Australian cricket, for the last four years particularly,” Langer told reporters on Saturday. “His life’s changed, obviously. He absolutely loves cricket. —Agencies

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