Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tim Paine has admitted he had known that his conversation with a female Cricket Tasmania colleague from 2017 was going to come out in the public at some point. On Friday, the wicket-keeper stepped down as Australia‘s Test captain, and soon the conversation was revealed to the public through news reports.

Tim Paine had sent lewd messages and a graphic image to a female colleague in 2017. He was, though, cleared of any misconduct in a 2018 integrity unit investigation.

England's Joe Root and Australia's Tim Paine with the Ashes urn. Photo- Getty
England’s Joe Root and Australia’s Tim Paine with the Ashes urn. Photo- Getty

“I thought the issue was dealt with, but it always popped up around a big series, or at the start of the cricket season,” Tim Paine told Herald Sun in an interview beside his wife Bonnie.

“Over the last three years, there have been numerous times where media agencies have put to us that they had evidence, yet they never chose to write it. But I knew it was going to come out at some point, as much as I didn’t want it to.”

It was a consensual exchange of messages: Tim Paine

Tim Paine remains firm on his stand that the conversation before the 2017 Ashes was fully consensual, the fact on which he was found not to have breached the code of conduct in the investigation.

He said that he had learned that there was an issue only when a complaint was lodged in 2018. By that point, he had already been appointed as the Test captain.

“Because it was a consensual exchange of messages months beforehand, I didn’t think it was anything to consider. I never thought for a moment that it would become an issue,” he added.

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

While Tim Paine has relinquished his captaincy, he remains available for selection in the upcoming Ashes series. The wicket-keeper asserted that he’d like to finish on a high of winning a home Ashes.

“I see that as the ultimate high, to be able to finish your Test career after winning an Ashes series in Australia. That’s the dream. That’s what I want to do,” the 36-year-old said.

Pat Cummins, the vice-captain, is likely to be appointed as the new skipper.

The Ashes is set to commence on December 8 in Brisbane. Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth are slotted to host the next four Tests.

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