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Ashes: Tim Paine resigns as men’s cricket captain after sexual harassment scandal

The now former men’s cricket captain has announced his resignation following revelations of a sexting scandal.

Tim Paine has broken down in tears as he announced his resignation from the role of Australian men’s Test cricket captain after revelations he sent unsolicited nude images to a female colleague.

The Tasmanian quit the esteemed position within an hour of a report from News Corp revealing the wicketkeeper sent a “d**k pic” and a series of lewd messages to a Cricket Australia co-worker in 2017.

Paine confessed to the scandal in a brief address to media where he refused to respond to questions, revealing the issue had been investigated by the sporting body’s integrity unit at the time which he said found there had been no breach of the Cricket Australia code of conduct.

Despite this, the sporting star, who is married with two children, said he “deeply regretted” the incident.

“I’m sorry for any damage that this does to the reputation of our sport,” he told media.

“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.”

Amid a torrent of camera shutters flickering, Paine broke down in tears as he spoke of his love for the role leading the men’s Test team.

“It’s been the greatest privilege of my sporting life to lead the Australian men’s test team,” he said.

“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 am) deeply sorry that my past behaviour has impacted our game on the eve of the Ashes.”


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