Tim Paine: Team Paine came into limelight when he was announced as Australia’s new Test captain following the sandpaper-gate controversy. He had a huge responsibility on his shoulders and Penn rose to the challenge. Under his captaincy, in the year 2019, the Australian team went to England and won the Ashes series. However, his career was full of controversies. In this article, we will look at two controversies involving Team Paine.
Tim Paine’s name came up in the text-gate scandal
Tim Paine lost his captaincy and his place in the Australian team following the text-gate scandal. Tim Paine sent lewd text messages to a female colleague. It also emerged that Cricket Australia had investigated him for these messages during the 2017–18 season. But no firm action was taken on this. These messages became public in 2021, before the start of the last Ashes series. Team Penn expressed regret over the incident and said he was very grateful to his wife and family for forgiving him. Speaking to the media, Paine had said, “Today, I have decided to step down as captain of the Australian men’s Test team. It has been a difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family and cricket.” Due to this scandal, Tim Paine not only lost his captaincy but also his place in the team. Pat Cummins was named captain of the Australian Test team in his place, and Alex Carey was appointed as wicketkeeper.
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Sledging from Virat Kohli in the 2018-19 series
Team India went on a tour of Australia during the 2018-19 series. He sledding with Virat Kohli during the Perth Test. Umpire Nigel Llong had to intervene in the matter. He asked Penn to give up sledding and focus on sports. In the end, sledding proved bad for Penn. Australia lost the series on their home soil.