Tim Paine has left the captaincy of the Australian Test team. Paine has taken this step before the start of the Ashes series against England. Pan announced his resignation from office in Hobart today. In 2018, he was appointed the 46th Australian Test captain, replacing Steve Smith. According to media reports, Tim Paine is being investigated by Cricket Australias governing body for sending lewd text messages and an inappropriate photo to a female colleague in 2017.
Emotionally speaking at the press conference, Tim Paine said, "There is a case from almost four years ago as the background of my decision. I was involved in a text exchange with a then colleague. At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation, which I fully and openly participated in. That investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time found that there had been no breach of Cricket Australias code of conduct. Although I was acquitted, I deeply regretted the incident at the time, and still do today. I talked to my wife and family at that time. I am very grateful for their forgiveness and support. We thought that this incident is now behind and I can focus completely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years.
However, I recently learned that this private text exchange is going to be public. Considering my actions in 2017 do not meet the standards of an Australian cricket captain or the wider community. I am deeply sorry for the hurt and pain caused to my wife, my family and the other side. I am sorry for any damage this has caused to the reputation of our sport. And I believe it is the right decision for me as captain with immediate effect. I dont want it to become an unwanted disruption for the team ahead of a big Ashes series
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell minced no words and thrown his weight behind fast bowler Pat Cummins to be considered as the next person to replace Tim Paine as Australia’s Test captain. Chappell believes even if a new investigation into the 2018 ball-tampering scandal revealed that the bowlers might have known about the plot, Cummins should get the preference over batting maestro Steve Smith for Australian captaincy after incumbent Paine retires.