Candace Warner shared her thoughts on Cricket Australia’s handling of the Tim Paine sexting scandal. Wicket batsmen resigned as Australian cricket captain after racy texts were posted
David Warner’s wife has had her say in Cricket Australia’s handling of the Tim Paine sexting scandal.
The wicket goalkeeper resigned as captain of the test team before The ashes after the texts he sent to a former colleague at Cricket Tasmania from 2017 reappeared.
The case was investigated by Australian cricket governing body, but cleared Paine of any violation.
The board of directors was blamed for its handling of the scandal, especially since Paine was appointed captain following the infamous Sandpapergate scandal in 2018.
Now Candace Warner has answered her concerns about it and believes Paine was treated differently due to his former role as captain.
“They (the Australian test team) are really focused on the first game,” Warner said.
“I think there are reports that the players are moving and supporting him, but it’s also about supporting his family in a really tough situation.”
If the 36-year-old has a role in the upcoming Ashes series, Barmy’s army will likely give him a hard time, and Candace isn’t sure how he’s going to handle that.
“I don’t know how Tim Paine will handle it (the Barmy Army), or if he will have to handle it,” Warner said.
“But as far as David and I are concerned, you have to look at it a certain way.
“I know David thinks of it as ‘if they sing about me (David) they worry about me.’
“So David uses it as fuel to light it up and get going.
“That’s how you want to take it. It can affect people.
In a prepared statement, Paine told reporters a “difficult” decision, but agreed his actions “did not meet the standards of an Australian cricket captain.”
“I am sorry for the damage this is causing to the reputation of our sport,” he said.
“And I think it’s the right decision for me to step down as captain, effective immediately. I don’t want this to become an unwanted disruption for the team.
“I will remain a committed member of the Australian cricket team and look forward to what is a huge Ashes tour.”
One of the X rated messages Paine sent said, “Would you like to taste my d ** ?? F *** me, I’m really tough.”
Paine has stepped down after three years leading the test team and vice-captain Pat Cummins is now expected to lead the team when the five-game test series begins next month.