Lyon's 'selfish' reason for resolute Paine defence

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Nathan Lyon has pledged his afloat enactment to under-fire wicket-keeper Tim Paine, saying helium would similar to spot the erstwhile skipper support his Ashes spot.

Fronting the media today, Lyon said Paine had made a mistake successful the past, but had showed "great courage" successful owning his actions.

"He's got my afloat enactment and I one-hundred per cent warrant he's got the afloat enactment of the Australian changeroom," helium said.

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Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon leaving the field. (Getty)

Speaking to Paine's undecided enactment for the archetypal Test successful Brisbane, Lyon was assured the keeper-batter would beryllium selected.

"The selectors said that we were going to prime the champion disposable 11 and successful my eyes, Tim Paine is the champion keeper successful the world," helium said.

"I privation him. This is precise selfish from a bowler's constituent of view. I privation the champion gloveman down the stumps..."

When asked if the sexting ungraded could enactment arsenic a distraction done the archetypal Test and beyond, Lyon said the Australian squad had mostly been unfazed by immoderate reaction.

Tim Paine has resigned arsenic Test skipper aft allegations of sexting occurred. (Supplied)

"I don't spot it arsenic a distraction astatine all. At the extremity of the day, we are nonrecreational athletes, we cognize what we've got to bash and however we've got to spell astir it," helium said.

That remark came aft erstwhile Australia skipper Ricky Ponting told cricket.com.au that the play was "not going to spell away".

Glowing successful his appraisal of the "best gloveman successful the country", Lyon linked Paine's endowment to the distinctive dependable of his mitts.

"Everyone volition accidental 'look astatine his question astir catching the ball', etcetera, but I spell disconnected the dependable of the gloves erstwhile helium really catches the ball," Lyon said.

"If you look astatine the champion keepers successful the satellite and you really perceive to the dependable of the shot arsenic it goes into the gloves, I deliberation you tin archer that someone's a decent keeper.

"It's euphony to my ears."

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