Chief selector George Bailey will not take part in the decision to include Tim Paine in Australia’s Test team if the selectors are divided and voting takes place. 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, however, has expressed his desire to play the first Test starting on December 8. Bailey has a personal and professional relationship with Penn.
He said in a podcast, “If there is no consensus on the inclusion of Tim in the committee and voting takes place, then I will not participate in it. Then Tony and Justin Langer will decide. Both are aware of it.’ The three-member selection committee consists of coaches Justin Langer and Tony Dodemed apart from Bailey. 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 (ball tampering). The treatment he has been treated with is the worst since Bill Lawrie was treated 50 years ago.
Laurie, 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.