Tim Paine quits as Australian Test captain following sexting scandal.
Tim Paine has quit as Test captain after being investigated by Cricket Australia for allegedly sending explicit messages to a female co-worker.
The veteran wicketkeeper, who has been facing a race against time to be fit for the first Ashes Test on December 8, has been named in a News Corp report as being at the centre of a sexting scandal. He reportedly sent a colleague a “d*** pic” as well as a series of lewd messages.
The 36-year-old fronted media in Hobart on Friday to announce he was resigning.
"It's an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket," he 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."
It is understood that the messages date back to 2017, months before Paine was recalled to the Test team after a seven-year absence.
Paine was elevated to the captaincy in March 2018 following the explosive fallout from the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins is Australia's current vice-captain and had been tipped to assume the role once Paine retired.
Full pubs, dancefloors as Victorian rules ease ahead of 90%.
Victorians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can pack into pubs and hit the dancefloor again, after more freedoms were returned ahead of summer.
Almost all of Victoria's remaining coronavirus restrictions lifted just before midnight on Thursday, as the state inches closer to 90 per cent full vaccination in those aged over 12.
The changes mean double-dosed Victorians are now able to dance in clubs and home visitor limits as well as cafe, bar and restaurant density caps have been dumped.
At 11.59pm tonight restrictions are lifting in Victoria.— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) November 17, 2021
There will be no density limits.
No capacity limits.
No restrictions on how many people can visit you at home.
No masks in most places.
And if you want to celebrate - you can hit the dance floor too. pic.twitter.com/POq9jl61e2