/ 22 November 2021

Paine pain for Aussie cricket

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Australia's captain Tim Paine looks on between the overs on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP) / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo by PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP via Getty Images)

You’re probably caught up that Australian Test cricket captain/wicket-keeper Tim Paine tearfully stepped down on Friday after details of a sexting scandal came to light. To recap: in late 2017, Paine sent lewd messages and a graphic image to a former Cricket Tasmania staff member. He was cleared of misconduct not long after he was made captain in March 2018. Cue questions about why his dirty, umm, laundry wasn’t aired before now despite extensive legal discussions… In the reams of coverage since Friday arvo, some said perspective was needed, while others feel uncomfortable about how the woman has been treated. Last night, the Herald Sun reported (paywall) that Paine’s brother-in-law Shannon Tubb was sanctioned over lewd messages he sent to the same woman. And over the weekend, it came to light that the woman was dismissed by Cricket Tasmania and charged with theft. Looking forward, bowler Pat Cummins is the hot fave to step up – all as the Ashes series against England is set to start on 8 December…

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