Australia’s Ashes campaign has been rocked by scandal, with Test captain Tim Paine resigning as skipper – effective immediately.
It comes after it emerged Paine had been the subject of an investigation by Cricket Australia over sexually explicit messages and a photo sent to a co-worker in 2017.
The investigation cleared Paine of any breaches of the code of conduct several years ago, but the 36-year-old fronted media on Friday admitting he felt it was only right for him to step down.
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Paine continued by thanking his wife and family for standing by him.
Paine described the role as captain as being the “g
Fighting back tears, the former skipper reassured fans that he will
Cricket Australia has since released a brief statement, confirming they have accepted Paine’s decision to step down.
“Tim felt it was in the best interests of his family and Australian cricket to take this decision to step down as captain,” the statement said.
“The Board has accepted Tim’s resignation and will now work through a process with the National Selection Panel of identifying and appointing a new captain.”
Vice-captain Pat Cummins is favoured to take over.