Tim Paine leaves Australia’s captaincy: A look into his career

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Australia’s test cricket captain has quit after being investigated by Cricket Australia for sending explicit text messages to a female co-worker.

Veteran wicketkeeper Tim Paine was named in a News Corp. report as being at the center of the sexting scandal. The 36-year-old Paine appeared before media on Friday to announce he was resigning the captaincy but wanted to remain a member of the test squad.

The announcement comes less than three weeks before the Dec. 8 start of the Ashes series against England.

Tim Paine said in a press conference, ‘Today I am announcing my resignation as captain of the Australian men’s Test team. It’s an incredibly difficult decision, but right for me, my family, and cricket.’ The reason behind Tim Paine’s quitting the captaincy is an alleged sex scandal. According to media reports, Tim Paine sent a pornographic photo of himself to a cricket Tasmania employee in 2017. At the same time, they also sent objectionable messages. Now that the matter has come to light, Tim Paine has had to step down from the captaincy ahead of the Ashes series.

Tim Paine was named the 46th Australian Test captain in 2018 to replace Steve Smith. He captained the team during the 2019 Ashes series, where Australia retained the prestigious trophy on foreign soil for the first time in 18 years.

Take a look into his cricketing career

Tim Paine’s journey from a finger injury almost ruining his career to a shock recall in 2017 to a bigger bomb in March 2018 when he was picked as the Test captain in the time of crisis has been a remarkable one. It’s been a rise like never before and it’s been an inspiring journey. A technically sound batsman who could make some handy contributions and a safe customer behind the stumps, Paine was more than a decent option as a wicket-keeper.

Test Career

Paine Test career started off promisingly. He got starts consistently in his first series as he scored 104 runs in two Tests. In India, he was pretty impressive as he got two half-centuries in as many Test matches and scored 183 runs. However, he broke his finger and a series of injuries meant it took seven years for him to return to the Test fold. He returned for the 2017 – 2018 Ashes and scored 192 runs at an average of 48.00.

He travelled to South Africa as the frontline wicket-keeper as well and after the ball-tampering fiasco, it was Paine who came the fore as captain. While it took time for him to settle in as the skipper, he has evolved into one of the best ones at the moment. He has led Australia admirably and has been decent with the bat too.

Overall, his Test career numbers read 1331 runs at an average of 31.69. He has seven fifties and is yet to score a Test hundred.

ODI Career

It was in 2009 that Paine made his ODI debut and started off with a bang. He scored 447 runs in his first year of ODI cricket and registered one hundred and three half-centuries. He was inconsistent in 2010, playing nine ODIs and making 278 runs. In 2011, he played just two ODIs as his series of injuries continued. He returned to the ODI squad in 2018 but wasn’t anywhere close to his best and hence, hasn’t featured in the 50-over side since. On the whole, he played 35 ODIs and scored 890 runs at an average of 27.81.

T20I Career

Paine has played just six T20I series in his entire career and that includes one for World XI who travelled to Pakistan in 2017. Paine played just five T20Is across three years (2009-2011) and could score a mere 22 runs. He returned in 2017 and his numbers didn’t improve either. He could accumulate just 60 runs in seven games. Thus, he was eventually axed from the T20I side. He has played 12 T20Is in total and has made a mere 82 runs, averaging 10.25.

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