Australian batting great Ricky Ponting Thursday said Tim Paine's sexting scandal will be a distraction for the Aussies in the five-match Ashes Test series.
Earlier, Tim Paine resigned from Australia Test captaincy after it was revealed that he had sent sexually explicit messages to a former female co-worker at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.
"I think it inevitably will (be a distraction). He's made a huge call for himself, for Australian cricket, and the betterment of the Australian cricket team. But it's not going to go away," Ponting said.
"As much as we would all love to see it go away and there comes a point where it's never talked about, it's inevitable that it's going to be there.
"Unfortunately for Tim, he's going to get asked about it everywhere he goes. It will blow over and hopefully, it passes in enough time to have some really good clear headspace going into Brisbane (for the first Test)."
Australia are scheduled to take on England in the first Test of the Ashes series at Gabba on December 8.