Ashes: Aus favourites despite Paine controversy, says Saba Karim

Former India wicket-keeper Saba Karim believes that Australia are still favourites for the upcoming Ashes despite the controversy around Tim Paine that led to him resigning from the captaincy and getting dropped from squad.  

Paine admitted to have texted some obscene messages to a Tasmania Cricket employee four years ago and after the report was again published in Australian media last month, Paine decided to relinquish captaincy.

A week later, he decided to take a break from international cricket which means he will not be part of the Ashes.  Saba believes Paine's loss is huge but a team like Australia has that strength to overcome such setbacks and come back stronger.