Blow to Australian as Test captain Paine quits over sexting scandal

Australian captain Tim Paine.
Australian captain Tim Paine.

SYDNEY: Tim Paine abruptly give up as Australian Test cricket captain Friday over an specific “private text exchange” with a feminine colleague — a bombshell announcement simply weeks earlier than the Ashes sequence in opposition to arch-rivals England.

Paine sobbed as he give up some of the high-profile roles in world cricket and Australian public life.

“Nearly four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a then-colleague,” Paine, now 36, stated, referring to a sequence of allegedly sexually graphic exchanges with a feminine co-worker which might be solely now changing into public.

“I recently became aware that this private text exchange was going to become public. On reflection, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain, or the wider community,” he stated.

“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and pain that I have caused to my wife, my family, and to the other party. I’m sorry for any damage that this does to the reputation of our sport.”

Paine’s departure leaves Australia with out a captain who, since being appointed in 2018, gained reward for reforming the group’s tradition.

Saying he was relinquishing a job that he “loved” and described because the “greatest privilege” of his life, Paine insisted he nonetheless plans to play within the upcoming sequence in opposition to England.

“I will remain a committed member of the Australian cricket team and look forward with anticipation to what is a huge Ashes tour,” he stated.

– ‘Elite honesty’ –

But in actuality his future within the sequence — and worldwide take a look at cricket — is now in critical doubt.

The Tasmanian batsman-wicketkeeper took over the Test captaincy in March 2018 within the wake of the “Sandpaper-gate” scandal that rocked Australian cricket.

Then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner had been pressured to step down for his or her roles in making an attempt to change the ball with sandpaper throughout a Cape Town Test.

The pair had been suspended for a yr from all cricket and stripped of their management roles, paving the way in which for Paine to take up the captaincy.

Once within the submit, Paine grew to become the face of a marketing campaign to win again belief, and to switch the laddish, hard-charging tradition of Australian cricket with one among “elite honesty.”

It has now emerged that Australia’s cricket authorities had investigated the sexting allegations on the time and saved Paine as captain regardless.

Cricket Tasmania stated it had concluded the “interaction was consensual, private” and occurred “between mature adults”.

The girl concerned was fired and now faces felony fees for alleged theft, which had been laid in mid-2018, it added.

Cricket Australia stated it had accepted Paine’s resignation, and the board would “now work through a process… of identifying and appointing a new captain.”

Cricket Australia “does not condone this type of language or behaviour. Despite the mistake he made, Tim has been an exceptional leader since his appointment and the Board thanks him for his distinguished service,” it added.