Aussie cricket chiefs admit Tim Paine should have been sacked three years ago after sexting scandal forces him to resign as captain on the eve of the home Ashes series against England
- Tim Paine stood down from the test captaincy on Friday after a sexting scandal
- Richard Freudenstein admits Paine should have been sacked three years ago
- Despite standing down, the wicketkeeper is available to be selected for Ashes
Tim Paine should have been sacked as Test captain three years ago, Australian cricket chiefs were forced to admit yesterday.
Paine, who turns 37 on the opening day of the Ashes next month, quit on Friday following revelations that he’d sent indecorous text messages to a female colleague at his state team Tasmania in 2017. The ‘sexting’ episode was investigated the following year.
‘While I cannot speak about the decision-making in 2018, what I can say is that, faced with the same circumstances and all the relevant information about this matter, Cricket Australia would not make the same decisions today,’ Richard Freudenstein, chair of Cricket Australia, said.
Paine announced his resignation in a statement on Friday and held a teary press conference
Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after his sexting scandal
AND AN ENGLISH KEEPER COULD TAKE HIS PLACE!
Intriguingly, there are two wicketkeepers in the Australia A team who provide pre-Ashes opposition next week — and the disgraced Tim Paine could lose his spot to an Englishman.
Josh Inglis – a former Yorkshire age group cricketer whose family emigrated to Western Australia in January 2010, six weeks shy of his 15th birthday – is in the XI along with Alex Carey.
The 26-year-old, who played for Yorkshire until Under-14 level and in second XI matches alongside Azeem Rafiq and current Ashes tourist Ollie Robinson, has become familiar to English domestic audiences as a successful overseas player with Leicestershire and London Spirit.
‘I acknowledge the decision clearly sent the wrong message to the sport, the community, and to Tim that this kind of behaviour is acceptable and without serious consequences. The role of the Australia cricket captain must be held to the highest standards.’
Freudenstein revealed he was made aware of the Paine case when he joined the board two years ago, while chief executive Nick Hockley said, although conscious of its existence, he only gained a deeper understanding of it once it became clear the story would go public.
Paine was forced into a tearful resignation speech only 48 hours after being confirmed as captain of Australia’s 15-man Ashes squad.
Cricket Tasmania said the woman only lodged her complaint in mid-2018 when she was charged with theft. Paine, viewed as a safe pair of hands in the wake of Australia’s sandpaper scandal, had only been appointed as successor to Steve Smith weeks earlier.
Tasmania’s investigation concluded Paine’s interaction with the woman was ‘consensual, private, occurred on the one occasion only… and was not repeated’.
Smith is now a candidate to wear the armband once more, though the smart money is for vice-captain Pat Cummins to become the first fast bowler to lead Australia in Test cricket since Ray Lindwall in 1956.
Paine remains in the squad but will certainly struggle to justify his place without the leadership.
He was supposed to lead the team forward after Sandpapergate but now it has ended in tears