Paine takes purpose at CA for forcing him to stop whereas accusing Proteas of ball-tampering

Tim Paine has fired again at Cricket Australia executives by saying they “held a gun to my head” to to pressure him to stop as Take a look at captain final yr.

Paine’s new e book, The Worth Paid, lifts the lid on how CA initially cleared him of wrongdoing in what he described as a consensual trade with a Cricket Tasmania worker earlier than then doing a U-turn when a PR guide really useful he must be faraway from the captaincy.

He additionally turned the tables on South Africa, accusing them of ball tampering within the match after the notorious Sandpapergate incident of 2018. 

In excerpts from the e book printed by NewsCorp – the identical media organisation which broke the story of his sexting scandal which led to his resignation within the lead-up to final yr’s Ashes collection, Paine accused CA chief government Nick Hockley of missing the braveness to sack him.

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“We did a telephone hyperlink which included this particular person they’d employed from a public relations agency who’d apparently given recommendation to the board previously,” Paine wrote.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 06: Tim Paine of Tasmania looks on during the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland Bulls and Tasmania Tigers at Allan Border Field, on October 06, 2022, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Tim Paine on day one in all his return to first-class cricket with Tasmania. (Picture by Matt Roberts/Getty Photographs)

“He mentioned that he’d been within the newspaper sport for a few years and this was going to be big and wouldn’t go away. I discovered it very unusual that this particular person, somebody I’d by no means met and somebody who didn’t work at Cricket Australia, took the lead within the name whereas Nick, the chief government, took a again seat.

“The guide then mentioned that the easiest way to get forward of the story was if I stood down as captain. I used to be shocked by that.

“Who was this man? What did he know concerning the circumstances? That was the primary time anybody had talked about me resigning as captain. There was no method I used to be doing that. I knew what had occurred. Cricket Australia knew what had occurred and in my thoughts this man didn’t know, or worse than that, it was like he believed that I had sexually harassed her.”

Paine added that Hockley then chimed in to say the veteran keeper ought to take heed of the guide’s recommendation.

“I mentioned, ‘Would you like me to resign as Take a look at captain, Nick?’ He couldn’t give me a straight reply, or wouldn’t. He stored speaking round in circles.”

“It was turning into apparent what Cricket Australia needed me to do however they didn’t have the braveness to say it themselves, they had been letting their employed guide run the present.

“They’d held a gun to my head. I couldn’t go on with out their help.”

Paine is up entrance within the e book that he doesn’t need sympathy from anybody for his actions which he described as a egocentric indiscretion which has had lasting ramifications for his household life.

He took an prolonged break from cricket following the revelations late final yr and has solely not too long ago returned to first-class cricket with Tasmania, taking part in within the Sheffield Defend. 

His possibilities of returning to the Take a look at crew had been slim anyway however after making these explosive allegations, it’s onerous to see Paine ever being recalled even when present gloveman Alex Carey was unavailable.

He performed the final of his 35 Checks within the loss to India on the Gabba initially of final yr and provided that he’ll flip 38 subsequent month, Paine will in all probability retire from all cricket throughout the subsequent yr.

Whereas once more taking purpose at CA for hanging David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith out to dry for the Sandpapergate scandal, he claimed he noticed the Proteas tampering with the ball within the fourth Take a look at of the collection when Paine was swiftly put in as skipper when Smith was banned.

He mentioned claims that your complete Australian crew was concerned within the ball-tampering scheme had been “garbage” and pointed the finger on the Proteas.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Tim Paine of Tasmania looks on during the Marsh One Day Cup match between Western Australia and Tasmania at the WACA on April 08, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

(Picture by Paul Kane/Getty Photographs)

“Everybody on the market was shocked after they appeared up on the large display and noticed Cameron Bancroft with a chunk of sandpaper in his hand. I used to be shocked. All of us had been.

“My coronary heart sank, I used to be pondering, ‘What the f—?’ A way of dread came to visit us all.

“On reflection all three of them ought to have had extra help. Possibly we might have executed extra as a gaggle or organisation, not sufficient folks put themselves of their sneakers.

“I noticed it occur within the fourth Take a look at of that collection,” he wrote in accusing South Africa of manipulating the ball. “Take into consideration that. After the whole lot that had occurred in Cape City, after all of the headlines and bans and carry-on.

“I used to be standing on the bowler’s finish within the subsequent Take a look at when a shot got here up on the display of a South African participant at mid-off having an enormous crack on the ball. The tv director, who had performed an lively position in catching out Cam, instantly pulled the shot off the display.

“We went to the umpires about it, which could appear a bit poor, however we’d been slaughtered and had been satisfied they’d been as much as it because the first Take a look at. However the footage acquired misplaced. As it will.”

Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft walks out of the dressing rooms

Cameron Bancroft and David Warner. (AAP Picture/Dave Hunt)

His opposing captain that day, Faf du Plessis, has coincidentally simply launched a e book of his personal by which he claimed Australia had been tampering with the ball lengthy earlier than the Cape City Take a look at of 2018. 

In “Faf: By way of Fireplace”, he revealed his crew began spying on the Australians within the area. 

“We suspected that somebody had been nurturing the ball an excessive amount of to get it to reverse so wildly, and we watched the second Take a look at at St George’s by means of binoculars, in order that we might observe the ball extra carefully whereas Australia was fielding.

“After we observed that the ball was going to David Warner very often.

“There was a visual distinction between how Mitchell Starc acquired the ball to reverse within the first Take a look at in Durban and the ultimate Take a look at in Johannesburg. We now know that there was an apparent motive for that.”


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