Updated on: Friday, November 19, 2021, 09:48 AM IST

Breaking: Tim Paine steps down as Australian Captain over sexting scandal

Tim Paine  | File picture

Tim Paine | File picture


Australian Test skipper Tim Paine, who has lead his side to many memorable victories in the longest format of the game, has stepped down from his position ahead of the much-awaited Ashes opener.

England and Australia will lock horns in the five-match Ashes, beginning December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane.

Cricket Australia on Friday informed about Paine's decision to leave captaincy "immediately".

"Tim Paine has advised the Board of Cricket Australia of his decision to stand down as captain of the Australian men's Test team, effective immediately," Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.

Cricket Australia said the Board has accepted Paine's resignation and will now accelerate the process of identifying and appointing a new Test captain.

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

"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.

"While the Board acknowledges an investigation cleared Tim of any breach of the code of conduct regarding this matter some years ago, we respect his decision.

"CA does not condone this type of language or behaviour," the statement concluded.

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Published on: Friday, November 19, 2021, 09:49 AM IST