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Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said Tim Paine's resignation from the captaincy due to a 'sexting' scandal might be a distraction in the course of the 5-Check Ashes collection towards England.Paine stood down from the position last Friday after media revelations he had been investigated and cleared over sexually explicit textual content messages sent to a feminine former colleague at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.Paine steps down as Australia Check captain over 'sexting' scandalHarris: Australia shocked by Paine scandal however back him for Ashes"I believe it inevitably will (be a distraction). He is made an enormous name for himself, for Australian cricket and for the betterment of the Australian cricket group. But it's not going to go away," Ponting mentioned."As much as we'd all like to see it go away and there comes a point where it's by no means talked about, it is inevitable that it is going to be there."Unfortunately for Tim he'll get requested about it everywhere he goes. Sexting It is going to blow over and hopefully, it passes in sufficient time to have some really good clear headspace going into Brisbane (for the primary Test)."The Ashes begins on December 8 on the Gabba.Additionally See:Australia homepageAustralia fixturesCricket newsCricket moviesPonting mentioned Alex Carey could substitute Paine as wicketkeeper and backed Josh Inglis, who has but to make his international debut, to be the lengthy-time period successor behind the stumps."I am on record saying I like Inglis. I think he'll be a very good cricketer for Australia for a very long time in whatever format they decide him in first, whether it's T20s, one-dayers or Test cricket," added Ponting.