Tim Paine resigns as captain

Less than a month ahead of the home Ashes, Tim Paine has stepped down as captain effective immediately - Cricket Australia confirmed.

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

Paine's decision has come after an off-field scandal emerged, where he sent explicit texts to a female co-worker at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

The board has accepted Paine's resignation, and will now look ahead to appointing a new Test captain.

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

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

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

"While the Board acknowledges an investigation cleared Tim of any breach of the code of conduct regarding

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

this matter some years ago, we respect his decision. CA does not condone this type of language or behaviour.

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

"Despite the mistake he made, Tim has been an exceptional leader since his appointment and the Board thanks him for his distinguished service.

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

Tim will continue to be available for selection in the Test team through the Ashes summer."

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Tim Paine resigns as captain

Paine made the announcement of him stepping down in a press conference at Hobart on Friday.

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