Paine had sent lewd messages and an explicit image to a female Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. A complaint against him was lodged in 2018, after he had been made the Test captain following Steve Smith’s axing because of the Sandpapergate fiasco in South Africa.
Paine was cleared of any misconduct in a 2018 integrity unit investigation. However, on learning that the messages were going to be made public, the wicket-keeper stepped down as Australia’s Test captain on Friday, less than three weeks before the Ashes is set to commence.
Although Brad Hogg is in admiration of the way Paine had captained the side after the Sandpapergate troubles – Australia retained the Ashes urn in England in 2019 – and helped turn around Australian cricket’s image for a while, the former chinaman spinner reckons this sexting scandal has done a lot of bad to Paine and Cricket Australia’s image.
“Sexting scandal has put a dampener on a career that helped turn Australian cricket culture around. It is disappointing that it has ended like this but sometimes your actions from previous years come back to haunt you,” Brad Hogg said in his YouTube video.
I think Pat Cummins is going to be the new captain: Brad Hogg
Pat Cummins, the vice-captain, is the likeliest candidate to be appointed as the new skipper. Also, some believe that the experienced Steve Smith should be made the captain for the Ashes.
Brad Hogg’s vote goes to the pacer. And while Paine is available for selection, the spinner feels Josh Inglis should play over Paine.
“They (Australian cricket) have got to move on. I think Pat Cummins is going to be the new captain. Don’t think Paine will play in the Ashes. I think they will go to (Josh) Inglis,” the 50-year-old opined.
The first Ashes Test is slated for Brisbane from December 8. Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth are slotted to host the next four Tests, however, that is subject to change.