Tim Paine resigns as Australia’s Test cricket captain over text messages sent to colleague

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has stepped down from his role on the eve of the Ashes series after a historic Cricket Australia investigation into text messages sent to a colleague surfaced.

“It’s an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket,” Paine said. “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.

“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.

Paine had been in the role – termed by some as Australia’s second highest-profile job after prime minister – since March 2018.

He took the job from Steve Smith in the wake of the ball tampering affair and was seen as a steady pair of hands to guide Australian cricket through one of its most turbulent times.

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