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A sexting scandal involving Tim Paine has seen him resign as Australia's Test captain on the eve of the Ashes series.
An investigation into the married sportsman found that he had sent pictures of his penis to a female co-worker, along with a series of lewd messages.
The father-of-two young children had been investigated by Cricket Australia in 2018 following complaints by the woman, but he was ultimately cleared of misconduct, while the inquiry was kept secret.
Paine made the decision to resign from his role as captain after it became clear that the incident, which occurred in 2017, would be made public.
Messages were sent between the pair between November 22 and 23, 2017, when the national side was playing in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, Brisbane.
One of the messages to the Cricket Tasmania employee said: “I like good girl… but this other one sounds interesting.
The woman replied: “When I'm good I'm good. When I am bad I am brilliant."
Paine asked: “Brilliantly bad??"
Then on the morning of November 23, just hours before Paine took went to the field, the woman said: “I will think naughty thoughts about you while we watch the TV.”
Paine said: “I'm cracking! Ha ha. Naughty thoughts like what? I'm about to give something firm a pull…”
The woman replied: “Ha, sorry I'm getting ready for work … it's a big day for us kids.”
Paine replied: “Will you want to taste my d***?? F*** me, I'm seriously hard.”
The woman replied: “I thought we were resting hands.”
Pain then said: “Can't rest them when I'm this hard!! Need to ease the tension … Finish me off with those lips then ;)”
The 36-year-old then sent a photo of his penis before saying: “Finish me off right now!!!”
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On Friday, Paine held a press conference in which he apologised for the incident and said he would be stepping down.
“It's an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket,' he said. Paine is available for selection for The Ashes series, but his place in the team hangs by a thread.
Paine has been married to his wife Bonnie for five years and she chose to stick by him despite the revelation.
Cricket Australia said they were not aware of the messages until after Paine was appointed Test captain back in March 2018.
The body are believed to have found out about the sexting in June 2018, launching a joint investigation with Cricket Tasmania.
The woman complained about “Mr Paine's sexually explicit, unwelcome and unsolicited photograph of his genitals in addition to the graphic sexual comments.” But this was raised seven months after he sent them, when the woman was charged with stealing.
Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin said the woman was sacked by the organisation, but that she did not bring the sexting up at the time.
Gaggin said they had investigated the complaint as soon as it was received. He said: "Cricket Tasmania clearly does not condone this type of behaviour and addressed the matter directly with Tim Paine.
“However, because of the consensual nature of the actions, it was determined that no further action was required or appropriate.”
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