The Australian Cricketers Association has jumped to Tim Paine’s defense, stating that he should not have retired as a pattern from the test after his role in a 2017 sexting scandal was exposed on Friday.
Retired cricketer great Mark Waugh disagrees, believing that Paine will never again represent Australia in five-day matches.
In a statement, the ACA said it was “saddened” that Paine felt the need to step down as captain of the Australian test team.
While regrettable, this was a historical error that was a private matter between consenting individuals. Tim fully cooperated in an integrity investigation conducted by Cricket Australia in 2018 in which he was exonerated, ” the statement read.
“Tim humbly acknowledged the respect that accompanies the Australian captaincy and his resignation reflects the esteem in which he played the role he played so well in a difficult period for Australian cricket.”
The statement went on to describe that Paine played ‘a crucial role in restoring pride in the Australian team’ following his appointment in 2018 and, despite his mistake, he has ‘the full and unequivocal support of the ACA’.
The Australian Cricketers Association has come to the defense of Tim Paine, stating that he should not have retired as a pattern from the test after his role in a historic sexting scandal was exposed (pictured, Tim Paine with his wife Bonnie)
Australian cricket great Mark Waugh believes Tim Paine’s test career ended after the sexting scandal became public on Friday.
The father-of-two tearfully resigned as captain of the Australian cricket team on Friday afternoon, shortly after he learned that the 2017 sexting scandal was going public.
Fox Sports commentator Waugh said he will be surprised if Paine is given the opportunity to slip back into his baggy green this summer and beyond.
“I’d say it’s going to be difficult for him to keep his place on the team now,” he told 2GB’s Jim Wilson.
“He is 36 years old, he is coming back from an injury and now he has this scandal hanging over his head.
“There are a lot of things against Tim Paine now.”
Waugh is expecting Vice Captain Pat Cummins to take over as captain, with Steve Smith, who retired from the top job in 2018 shortly after the infamous ball-handling scandal in South Africa, his likely replacement.
He also believes Alex Carey will be Australia’s new face behind the stumps for the first ash test in Brisbane next month.
Cricket Australia Chairman Richard Freudenstein said the board accepted Paine’s resignation before noting that he was “cleared of any breach of the code of conduct on this matter a few years ago.”
On Friday afternoon, Paine resigned from her coveted role after details of her lewd behavior emerged publicly.
Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of obscene text messages, many of which are too obscene to post.
‘Do you want to taste my dick? F ** k me, I’m really hard, ‘read one of the messages sent to the Cricket Tasmania clerk.
Paine, who has led the team since the Sandpapergate ball handling scandal in 2018, held a press conference at 2.30pm on Friday in which he tearfully apologized and announced that he would step aside.
The lewd messages were sent on November 22 and 23, 2017, the eve and morning of the first Ash Test at Gabba in Brisbane.
Cricket Australia did not learn of the messages until after Paine, a father of two, was appointed captain of the test in March 2018 in the wake of the ball handling scandal.
Tim Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie for the ‘pain and pain’ he caused her when he sent lewd messages to a colleague.
Tim Paine’s wife, Bonnie (pictured), is understood to have previously found out about the colleague’s texting, but decided to support her husband.
While news of the scandal broke on Friday, Paine said he and his wife got over the betrayal at the time and that she had forgiven and supported him.
Paine was hired as the savior of Australian cricket in 2018 after Captain Steve Smith and Vice Captain David Warner were suspended, along with starter Cameron Bancroft.
The trio were caught on camera using hidden sandpaper to grind the ball during the tour of South Africa.
Cricket Australia is believed to have learned of the sexting in June 2018 and launched an investigation, together with Cricket Tasmania.
The woman complained in 2018 about “ Paine’s sexually explicit, unwanted and unsolicited photograph of her genitals, in addition to graphic sexual comments. ”
It is said that he was shocked by the comments and the pornographic photo, which he found offensive.
His wife Bonnie, who he has been married to for five years, was also aware of the messages, but decided to follow him.
Australia’s test cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent a series of obscene text messages to a colleague from Cricket Tasmania
Paine was the shocking new face of Australian cricket in 2018 after Captain Steve Smith and Vice Captain David Warner were suspended, along with starter Cameron Bancroft.
“Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and still do today,” Paine said Friday.
‘I spoke to my wife and family at the time and I am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support.
“We thought this incident was behind us and that I could fully concentrate on the team, as I have for the last three or four years.
However, I recently realized that this private text exchange would go public.
On second thought, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain, or the community at large.
‘I am deeply sorry for the pain and pain that I have caused to my wife, my family and the other party. I am sorry for the damage this causes to the reputation of our sport. ‘
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.
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.