Tim Paine quits cricket in Australia after sexting scandal

Tim Paine is OUT of first Ashes test as he says goodbye to all forms of cricket after resigning from captain over sexually explicit lyrics


Tim Paine is taking ‘for the foreseeable future’ leave from all forms of cricket.

Paine stepped down as Australia’s Test captain last week after revelations of a sexting scandal in 2017.

Australia’s team-mates wanted the veteran wicket-keeper to play the first Test at the Gabba, but Cricket Tasmania say Paine will miss Friday’s one-day match and take a break from playing.

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Tim Paine is taking leave from all forms of cricket ‘for the foreseeable future’

The married father of two (pictured with wife Bonnie) sent a female Cricket Tasmania staffer some suggestive texts and an unsolicited image

The married father of two (pictured with wife Bonnie) sent a female Cricket Tasmania staffer some suggestive texts and an unsolicited image

Paine, 36, confirmed he would no longer lead the team for the Ashes at a news conference last Friday after a 2017 sexting scandal was made public.

An emotional Paine said his decision to step down was ‘incredibly difficult’ but was the ‘right one’ one for me, my family and cricket’.

‘Almost four years ago I was involved in a text exchange with a colleague at the time,’ says Paine.

“At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation, in which I fully and openly participated.

“That investigation, and at the same time an HR investigation by Cricket Tasmania, found that the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct had not been violated.

“Although I was acquitted, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and I still do. I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am immensely grateful for their forgiveness and support.”

Australia tests cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent string of raunchy texts to female Cricket Tasmania colleague

Australia tests cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent string of raunchy texts to female Cricket Tasmania colleague

Paine, a father of two, added that he had recently been informed that his lewd behavior would be made public and that his actions were unacceptable in his coveted role as Australia’s test captain.

“I am deeply sorry for the pain I caused my wife, my family and the other party,” he said.

“I’m sorry for any damage this causes to the reputation of our sport. I don’t want this to be an unwelcome disruption to the team leading up to what is a massive Ashes series.

“I have enjoyed my role as captain of the Australian cricket team. It has been the greatest privilege of my sporting life to lead the Australian men’s test team. I am grateful for the support of my teammates and proud of what we have achieved together.”

Paine also asked for “understanding and forgiveness” from his teammates before also apologizing to cricket fans across the country.

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 January 9, 2021

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021

2010: Tim Paine makes his test debut against Pakistan, replacing the injured Brad Haddin, but is dumped upon the return of the incumbent

April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs

November 17, 2017: Admitted Shock Reminder for Ashes Series

November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends obscene messages to a female colleague on the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The couple had exchanged texts throughout the year

January 2018: Selected for squadron to tour South Africa

March 25, 2018: Appointed interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner resigned over ‘sandpapergate’ scandal involving balls

March 28, 2018: Paine is named captain for the 4th Test of the series, becoming the Australian side’s 46th captain

April 2018: Awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia

June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania become aware of the reports and launch an investigation into a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was acquitted during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages but chose to stay with him

2018 – 2021: Paine continues as test captain and retains the Ashes in England in 2019

November 19, 2021: Paine resigns as full details of the explicit posts surface

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