Melbourne, PTI. Before an important series like the Ashes, the Australian cricket team will decide on the new captain. Test captain Tim Paine has resigned from the post after old issues surfaced. Now the matter of taking a decision on retaining him in the Test team has also come to the fore. Opinions of the selectors remain divided on the decision to include Tim Paine in the Australian Test team. If it was voted on, then the chief selector George Bailey would not participate in it.

Paine stepped down as the captain of the Test team on Friday after a recent case of sending obscene messages to a female colleague four years ago came to light recently. Wicket-keeper batsman Paine has expressed his desire to play in the first Test of the Ashes series starting December 8. Bailey has a personal and professional relationship with Penn.

“If there is no consensus on the inclusion of Tim in the committee and voting takes place, then I will not participate in it,” he said. Then Tony and Justin Langer will decide. Both are aware of this. Besides Bailey, the three-man selection committee consists of coaches Justin Langer and Tony Dodemed. Cricket Tasmania has criticized Cricket Australia for its handling of the pen.

Cricket Tasmania President Andrew Gagin said: “It is clear from recent conversations that there is anger in the Tasmanian cricket community and the general public. Tim Paine has been instrumental in restoring the lost credibility of Australian cricket after the Cape Town case. The treatment he has been treated with is the worst since Bill Lowry was treated 50 years ago.

Lari, who captained Australia in 25 Tests, was dropped from the Ashes in the middle of 1970-71. He came to know about it only after the news was broadcast on the radio.

Edited By: Viplove Kumar