Nathan Lyon: Australia should choose Tim Paine ‘because he is the best keeper in the world’

Spinner Nathan Lyon has asked Tim Paine to retain his spot for the Australian side after the Tasmanian resigned as captain over unfair treatment.

Following the revelations of a sexting scandal, the 36-year-old announced he was stepping down from the role on Friday, less than three weeks before the start of the Ashes.

Lyon, who has a strong partnership with Glavman, who was appointed to lead his country after the 2018 fraud scandal, told reporters on Thursday that Paine should still be selected behind the stumps.

“The selectors said they were going to pick the best available XI. In my opinion, Tim Paine is the best keeper in the world.

“It’s very selfish: from a bowler’s point of view I want the best glove behind the stumps.

“Every bowler’s relationship with the keeper is extraordinary.”

The New South Wales product said Paine was a “very sweet and highly respected man”, indicating that the former captain has the support of the team to face England when the series begins in Brisbane.

He has my full support and I guarantee 100% that he will have the full support of the Australian Change RoomNathan Lyon

Lyon said: “I’m pretty sure I’m speaking on behalf of every bowler that we want the best keeper.

“He has my full support and I guarantee 100 percent that he has the full support of the Australian change room,” the 34-year-old said.

Meanwhile, play was abandoned on the third day of England’s practice against the England Lions due to rain at Wellington Point, with Haseeb Hameed (53) and Rory Burns (39) both unbeaten at the crease.

England’s first Test will be against Australia at the Gabba from December 8 and the fifth and final Test is to be held on January 14 at the Optus Stadium in Perth.

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