After receiving explicit text messages, Tim Paine resigns as Australia captain three weeks before the Ashes.
Tim Paine has resigned as Australia’s Test captain after sending explicit text messages in 2017.
Tim Paine has resigned as Australia’s Test captain, less than three weeks before the Ashes.
In 2017, Paine admitted to having illicit text conversations with a female colleague.
Cricket Australia conducted an investigation at the time, and the wicket-keeper was cleared.
Paine has stepped down 19 days before the first Test against England at the Gabba.
He claimed in a lengthy statement that he made the decision because a four-year-old incident was about to be made public.
After the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, which resulted in lengthy bans for Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft, Paine was named Australia captain in 2018.
But, following his resignation, his future as an international cricketer must be in jeopardy.
“Today, I’m announcing my decision to step down as the Australian men’s Test team captain.”
It’s a difficult decision to make, but it’s the right one for me, my family, and cricket.
“Nearly four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a then-colleague, which influenced my decision.
The exchange was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation at the time, in which I fully and openly participated.
“Both that investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation concluded that no breach of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct had occurred.”
Despite being exonerated, I felt terrible about the incident at the time, and I still feel bad about it now.
“At the time, I spoke with my wife and family, and I am deeply grateful for their forgiveness and support.”
We assumed the incident was over and that I could return to focusing solely on the team, as I had done for the previous three or four years.
“However, I recently learned that this private text conversation would be made public.
My actions in 2017 did not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain or the wider community, on reflection.
I sincerely regret the hurt and pain I’ve caused my wife, family, and the other party.
“I apologize for any harm this may cause our sport’s reputation, but I believe this is the best decision for me.”
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