Australian cricket at WAR ahead of the Ashes: Former captain Tim Paine was ‘treated appallingly’ after investigation into sexually explicit texts, blasts Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin
- Australia captain Tim Paine resigned in tears after sexting scandal emerged
- Married father-of-two Paine, 36, sent explicit messages to Tasmania staffer
- He was cleared of wrongdoing by Cricket Australia in 2018 but scandal emerged
- Paine still wants to play for Australia against England in this winter’s Ashes series
- He returned to the field for first time since scandal in Tasmania second XI game
Australian cricket is at war just two weeks before the Ashes after Tasmania launched an impassioned defence of disgraced Tim Paine.
The home state of former captain Paine, who resigned on Friday when it emerged he sent sexually explicit messages to an employee of Cricket Tasmania four years ago, said he had been ‘treated appallingly’.
Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin added that there was growing anger towards Cricket Australia over their handling of a man he described as ‘a beacon’ who was instrumental in ‘salvaging the reputation of the national team’ after Sandpapergate.
Disgraced former Australia captain Tim Paine (centre) played for Tasmania’s second XI against South Australia on Monday, days after he resigned in shame following a sexting scandal
Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after his sexting scandal
After a board meeting unanimously reiterated support for Paine, Gaggin said: ‘It is clear that the anger among the Tasmanian cricket community and general public is palpable.
‘The Cricket Tasmania board reaffirmed its view that Paine should not have been put in a position where he felt the need to resign over an incident that was determined by an independent inquiry at the time to not be a breach of the code of conduct and was a consensual and private exchange between two mature adults that was not repeated.’
Paine, 36, was appointed captain in March 2018, four months after the text exchange, and kept his post after an inquiry three months later when he was cleared by both Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania after a complaint by the woman involved.
But CA chairman Richard Freudenstein, who was not in the role at the time, denied accusations of a cover-up by saying the current board would have stripped Paine of the captaincy.
Paine remains in the Ashes squad and stepped up his comeback from a neck injury by taking six catches but being dismissed for just one in a Tasmania second XI game in Hobart on Monday.
Married father-of-two Paine, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staffer back in 2017
Paine (centre) still want to play for Australia in the Ashes series with England this winter
Australia’s chairman of selectors George Bailey is a close friend of Paine and insists he will not take the casting vote should selector Tony Dodemaide and coach Justin Langer be spilt on retaining a keeper-batsman who has barely been worth a Test place.
The Ashes begin at the Gabba on December 8. Ben Stokes’ return to competitive cricket for the first time since July was delayed when rain interrupted the first day of England’s first warm-up game against their own Lions.
In the one session and one over of play possible on the first day of the three-day game in the Brisbane suburb of Wellington Point, England moved to 98 without loss, Haseeb Hameed reaching an unbeaten 53 alongside Rory Burns.
The disgraced former Aussie captain didn’t look too impressed by the media attention
Paine took six catches as wicketkeeper as Tasmania bowled their opponents out for 165
He is expected to bat at No 5 for Tasmania when the second XI fixture resumes on Tuesday
Tim Paine’s rise and dramatic fall in sexting scandal
Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on Jan. 9, 2021
2010: Tim Paine makes his Test debut against Pakistan, replacing injured Brad Haddin, but is dumped upon the incumbent’s return
April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs
November 17, 2017: Granted shock recall for Ashes series
November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends lewd messages to a female coworker on the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The pair had exchanged texts throughout the year
January 2018: Selected for squad to tour South Africa
March 25, 2018: Appointed interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner stood down over ‘sandpapergate’ ball tampering scandal
March 28, 2018: Paine is appointed captain for the 4th Test of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian side
April 2018: Awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia
June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania become aware of the messages and launch an investigation, following a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was exonerated during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages but chose to stick by him
2018 – 2021: Paine continues as Test captain, retaining the Ashes in England in 2019
November 19, 2021: Paine steps down as full details of the explicit messages surface
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