Following Smith’s dismissal, Tim Paine resigns as Australia’s Test cricket captain, only weeks before the Ashes, due to an explicit sexting controversy.

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Following Smith’s dismissal, Tim Paine resigns as Australia’s Test cricket captain, only weeks before the Ashes, due to an explicit sexting controversy.

In the latest debacle engulfing the team, TIM PAINE has resigned as Australia’s Test cricket captain due to an explicit sexting scandal.

The decision comes just weeks before he was set to lead his team in the Ashes Down Under against England.

In 2018, after former skipper Steve Smith was embroiled in the ball-tampering scandal, Paine stepped in to replace him.

But, following backlash over his treatment of a then-colleague at Cricket Tasmania in 2017, he has now quit.

Paine, now 36, emailed the woman an unsolicited photo of his penis, as well as a series of obscene messages.

The content she unwittingly received was alleged to have taken her by surprise and outraged her.

When Cricket Australia learned of the communications after he was named captain in 2018, they were investigated, but he was found not to have broken the code of conduct.

Paine remarked at a news conference announcing his departure: “I’m announcing today that I’ll be stepping down as captain of the Australian Men’s Test squad.

“It’s a difficult decision to make, but it’s the right one for me, my family, and cricket.

“As a background to my decision, I was involved in a text exchange with a former coworker about four years ago.

“The trade was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation at the time, which I completely cooperated with and engaged in openly.

“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 grateful for their forgiveness and support.

“We assumed that the incident was over and that I could return to focusing only 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 greater community, on reflection.

“I sincerely regret the grief and pain I’ve caused my wife, family, and the other party. I apologize for any harm this has caused to our sport’s reputation.

“And I believe that stepping down as captain, effective immediately, is the proper move. I don’t want this to provide an unwelcome distraction for the team before the crucial Ashes series.

“I’ve been blessed with a lovely, loving, and supportive family, and knowing how much I’ve let them down breaks my heart. They’ve always been there for me, my most devoted supporters, and… Brinkwire News in a Nutshell

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