Tim Paine steps down from Australia’s captaincy amid a scandal.

CA Chair Richard Freudenstein said: “Tim felt it was in the best interests of his family and Australian cricket to take this decision to step down as captain.”

With only three weeks left to the series opener at the Gabba, Tim Paine makes a big decision before the series commencement and can lead him to lose his spot.

Paine announced his resignation from the captaincy at a press conference in Hobart on Friday afternoon, following revelations of a ‘sexting’ incident involving a former Cricket Tasmania employee in 2017.

Cricket Australia has confirmed. Paine’s decision has come after an off-field scandal emerged, where he allegedly sent explicit texts to a female co-worker at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.

The board has accepted Paine’s resignation, and will now look ahead to appointing a new Test captain.

As he addressed the press, Paine broke down in tears, confirming that he was involved in the text exchange and that he would be stepping down as captain of the team. He mentioned a few things, he took whole responsibility for :

“Today, I’m announced my decision to stand down as the captain of the Australian men’s test team. It’s an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket.

TIM PAINE RESIGNS FROM CAPTAINCY.

“As a background on my decision, nearly four years ago, 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, throughout which I fully participated in and openly participated in.

Paine mentioning in his speech about the incident

“That investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time found that there had been no breach of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct. Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and still do today. I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support. We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years.”

STEPPING DOWN FROM CAPTAINCY :

“However, I recently became aware that this private text exchange was going to become public. On reflection, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain, or the wider community. I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and pain that I have caused to my wife, my family, and to the other party. I’m sorry for any damage that this does to the reputation of our sport.”

“And I believe that it is the right decision for me to stand down as captain, effective immediately. I do not want this to become an unwelcome disruption to the team ahead of what is a huge Ashes Series.

“I have loved my role as captain of the Australian cricket team. It’s been the greatest privilege of my sporting life to lead the Australian men’s test team. I’m grateful for the support of my teammates and proud of what we’ve been able to achieve together.

“To them, I ask for their understanding and forgiveness. To Australian cricket fans I’m deeply sorry that my past behaviour has impacted our game on the eve of the Ashes. For the disappointment I have caused to fans and the entire cricket community, I apologise. “I’ve been blessed with a wonderful, loving and supportive family, and it breaks my heart to know how much I’ve let them down. They have always stood by me, been my most loyal fans, and I’m indebted to them for their support.”

“I will remain a committed member of the Australian cricket team and look forward with anticipation to what is a huge Ashes tour.”

He mentioned all the above things in his speech.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OTHER PLAYERS ?

This means, the vice-captain, Pat Cummins can become the first fast-bowler to lead Australia in 65 years. If Australian Cricket does not have a change of heart, he will be leading the side in the Ashes.

Alex Carey and Josh Inglis can get their maiden test call-up and one of them can make their debut, if Tim Paine is dropped from the squad or not played.

CAN WE SEE STEVE SMITH TAKING UP THE LEADERSHIP ROLE AGAIN ???

Steve Smith stepped down from captaincy amid the Ball-Tampering scandal which took place on the South African Tour of 2018. In addition, He was banned from participating in cricket in any format of the game by Cricket Australia.

However, Steve Smith had a decent India Test Series, IPL and T20 World Cup which has pushed his confidence down. Steve Smith led the Australia Test side from 2014 to 2018. In 34 Test matches, Smith led Australia to 18 wins and 10 losses while 6 matches ended in a draw. He has a win percentage of 52.94.

On the other hand, Tim Paine has led Australia in 23 matches since 2018. Under Paine’s captaincy, Australia has managed to register 11 wins and 8 losses whereas 4 matches ended in a draw. He has a win percentage of 47.82 in tests. Tim Paine led Australia to regain the Ashes but England squared the series 2-2.

Moreover, Steve Smith has performed better than Tim Paine in the batting department for Australia. One of the big innings, he played for Australia during his captaincy tenure was in the 2017 Ashes series. He smacked a double century and scored a lot of runs against England at home. Steve Smith also led Australia to win 4-1 in that series.

Captaincy brings the best out of Steve Smith in his batting. Moreover, The right-hander has scored 3659 runs in 60 Test innings during his captaincy stint. Whereas Tim Paine has only managed to score 909 runs in 37 innings, he has batted in. Tim Paine performs better when he is not captaining the side, he is able to score 625 runs in 20 innings.

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