Extending its help to Tim Paine, the Australian Cricketers’ Association on Friday mentioned it was “saddened” that the wicketkeeper “felt the need to resign” as the crew’s Test captain.
Paine stepped down as Australia’s Test skipper after it emerged that he had despatched an unsolicited express picture of himself together with a string of lewd messages to a feminine co-worker in 2017.
“While respecting the decision made by Tim Paine, the ACA is saddened that he felt the need to resign from the captaincy of the Australian Test team,” the ACA mentioned in a press release.
“While regrettable, this was a historical mistake that was a private matter between consenting individuals. Tim fully cooperated in an integrity investigation by Cricket Australia in 2018 in which he was exonerated.”
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Reports claimed a Cricket Tasmania worker was offended by “Mr Paine’s sexually explicit, unwelcome and unsolicited photograph of his genitals in addition to the graphic sexual comments.”
Addressing reporters on Friday, Paine apologised to teammates and supporters and mentioned that he felt resignation was his solely choice. The stumper had been promoted as captain of the Test crew following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018. Under his management, Australia had gained the Ashes in 2019 in the UK.
“Tim humbly recognised the respect that comes with the Australian captaincy and his resignation reflects the esteem in which he held the role that he served so well in a trying period for Australian cricket,” ACA acknowledged.
“Tim’s captaincy has been regarded throughout the cricket world as playing a crucial role in restoring pride back in the Australian team, both in their performance and the spirit in which they play the game. While Tim has clearly made a mistake, he will continue to have the full and unequivocal support of the ACA.”
Paine will proceed to be part of the Australian crew. Australia are slated to tackle England in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on December 8. Paine, who had gone below the knife to repair a bulging disc in his neck in September, has been included in the squad regardless of an harm cloud.