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Ashes: Tim Paine ‘ready to play’ for Australia despite resigning as captain in sexting scandal

Tim Paine ‘ready to play for The Ashes’ despite embarrassingly resigning as Australia captain following sexting scandal as he returns to action for Tasmania’s second eleven

  • Australia’s captain Tim Paine resigned in tears after a sexting scandal emerged
  • Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent explicit messages to Tasmanian staff
  • He was cleared of wrongdoing by Cricket Australia in 2018, but a scandal emerged
  • Paine still wants to play for Australia against England in this winter’s Ashes series
  • Returned to the field for the first time since the scandal in Tasmania’s second game XI


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Tim Paine has declared himself ready to play for the Ashes despite the sexting scandal that stripped him of the Australian captaincy last week.

The 36-year-old stepped down as a test patron in tears after it was revealed that he sent explicit messages to a colleague from Cricket Tasmania in 2017.

But Paine has now returned to action, playing for Tasmania’s second eleven against South Australia at Lindisfarne Oval in Hobart, and he still hopes to be in the decisive series with England this winter.

Disgraced former Australia captain Tim Paine (center) played for Tasmania's second eleven against South Australia on Monday after he resigned in shame following a sexting scandal.

Disgraced former Australia captain Tim Paine (center) played for Tasmania’s second eleven against South Australia on Monday after he resigned in shame following a sexting scandal.

Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staff member in 2017

Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staff member in 2017

Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staff member in 2017

Paine (center) still wants to play for Australia in the Ashes series with England this winter

Paine (center) still wants to play for Australia in the Ashes series with England this winter

Paine (center) still wants to play for Australia in the Ashes series with England this winter

The disgraced former Australian captain didn't seem too impressed by the media attention

The disgraced former Australian captain didn't seem too impressed by the media attention

The disgraced former Australian captain didn’t seem too impressed by the media attention

Paine had not played a competitive game since April 6, when he played for Tasmania against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

He underwent neck surgery in September and his appearance for Tasmania’s second XI was already planned before the scandal emerged.

Cricket Tasmania High Performance Manager Simon Insley did not respond to questions about the scandal, but declared Paine ‘ready to play cricket’ with the Ashes scheduled to start Dec. 8.

“Whenever you go through tough times, you want to be close to your teammates and do what you do best,” Insley said at the Lindisfarne Oval.

Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after their sexting scandal

Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after their sexting scandal

Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after their sexting scandal

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages.

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages.

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages.

“He is an exceptional cricketer and he wants to play cricket and prepare for the Ashes.

“He wants to show signs of good form and show that he is ready for the national team. We all know Tim Paine, he is a very determined person ”.

Insley said the Tasmania team was excited to play alongside Paine “regardless of what happened in the last few days.”

He added: ‘This has been a very calculated comeback to cricket. If there were any concerns about his physical condition, he would not play a second game XI ‘.

Paine had six receptions as a wicketkeeper when Tasmania pitched South Australia 165 in his first innings. Paine is expected to hit No. 5 for Tasmania, which closed at 58 for one.

Her text exchange with the Cricket Tasmania staff member from 2017 included an unsolicited image of her genitalia and ‘graphic sexual comments’ that led her to complain seven months later.

The married father of two was investigated and cleared of wrongdoing by Cricket Australia in 2018, when he confessed to his wife Bonnie that he had sexed the woman within 18 hours.

But the matter was kept under wraps for three years until the messages were made public Friday afternoon and Paine tearfully resigned as Australian captain a few weeks before the Ashes.

Paine took six receptions as a wicketkeeper when Tasmania pitched opponents for 165

Paine took six receptions as a wicketkeeper when Tasmania pitched opponents for 165

Paine took six receptions as a wicketkeeper when Tasmania pitched opponents for 165

He is expected to hit No. 5 for Tasmania when XI's second game resumes on Tuesday.

He is expected to hit No. 5 for Tasmania when XI's second game resumes on Tuesday.

He is expected to hit No. 5 for Tasmania when XI’s second game resumes on Tuesday.

The XI’s second four-day meeting and a three-day team match in Brisbane early next month will be their only hits before Ashes’ first clash with England on December 8.

Paine is the only goalkeeper on Australia’s 15-man Ashes squad, but Alex Carey and Josh Inglis are hot on his heels.

Former test captain Mark Taylor and former Victoria goalkeeper Darren Berry believe Paine should be retained, given that he has the third highest batting average of any glove they have played for Australia.

However, former coach Mark Waugh and Shane Warne believe the time is right to look elsewhere.

Tim Paine’s dramatic rise and fall in the sexting scandal

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

2010: Tim Paine makes his testing debut against Pakistan, replacing the injured Brad Haddin, but is abandoned with the return of the starter.

April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs

November 17, 2017 – Crash recall awarded for the Ashes series

November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends lewd messages to a co-worker on the eve and morning of the first ash test in Brisbane. The couple had exchanged text messages throughout the year.

January 2018: selected for the team that will tour South Africa

March 25, 2018 – Named interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner retired over ‘sandpapergate’ ball handling scandal

March 28, 2018: Paine is named captain of the fourth round of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian side

April 2018: Cricket Australia awarded him a national contract.

June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania learn of the messages and initiate 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 decided to stay with him.

2018-2021: Paine continues as captain of the test, retaining the ashes in England in 2019

November 19, 2021: Paine retires when all the details of the explicit messages appear.

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