Australia won 4-0 against England during the recently concluded Ashes tournament. However, former Australian skipper Tim Paine’s brother Nick Paine feels it was gut-wrenching to see the celebrations at Hobart. The Australian wicketkeeper-batter was sacked from captaincy ahead of the Ashes owing to the sexting scandal with a Cricket Tasmania co-worker in 2017.
Following the tough reactions from the public, he had to move away from the game for time being. Pat Cummins was announced as captain for the side and has already done brilliantly for the squad. He ended the Ashes series as the top wicket-taker in the series despite missing one Test and looks in great prospect considering the future.
Further Tim Paine’s brother Nick was of the opinion that his brother had done a lot on rebuilding Australian cricket’s reputation after the 2018 ball-tampering scandal. He also pointed out that the 37-year-old deserved to get a farewell in his home ground (Hobart). It is noted that Paine went out on a holiday during the fifth Test at Hobart and wasn’t present in the city.
Taking to Twitter to express his disappointment, Nick mentioned, “Pretty hard to watch this knowing full well that one of the key people in resurrecting the reputation of Cricket Australia and this team was shafted by that very same organisation because of a personal mistake he made nearly 4 years ago. He deserved this send-off on his home ground in front of his family, friends and his long time supporters”
“It’s just a real shame that one mistake in life (that the person was cleared and exonerated by an inquiry) can end a kids dream but then for others who make then, they come back and it’s all ok and in a way forgotten. Double standards from an organisation that clearly doesn’t have the back of its people.A local boy on his local ground in front of his people. Gut-wrenching stuff”, he further added.
Notably, the tweets now have been deleted. Tim Paine has played 35 Tests, 35 ODIs and 12 T20 internationals for his nation so far, scoring more than 2500 runs across formats.