Tim Paine’s better half Bonnie said that while she felt “betrayed” and “hurt” by her husband sending inappropriate messages to a co-worker in Cricket Tasmania in 2017, the couple had buried the matter a long time ago and she is just frustrated that the matter is in public now.
Tim Paine declared his resignation as Australia’s Test captain after the text messages, which were sent in 2017,
leaked out in the open this month.
“I felt betrayed, and I felt hurt, upset, and I felt pissed off, I also had feelings of gratitude because he was being so honest with me,” Paine’s wife told News Corp in an interview alongside her husband.
“I have had my time of getting angry, and venting, and to get upset, and we fought and we talked, and then we both decided to move on with life, and do it together,” she said.
The messages before Paine made his comeback into the Australian Test side.
A year after he was exonerated by a Cricket Australia integrity review, the wicketkeeper was made the Test team’s captain and had been projected as the sign of a new and improved team culture.
His ascendancy to captaincy came after Steve Smith was sacked due to his involvement in the 2018 ball tampering scandal.
Cricket authorities have said the woman complained to them about Paine’s messages only after she was charged with theft in the wake of resigning from her job.
Paine’s “interaction” with the woman was “consensual, private, occurred on the one occasion only and was not frequent,” Cricket Tasmania said.
Cricket Australia’s decision not to publicly disclose the investigation was deeply criticised in the Australian media with pundits suggesting the body had prioritised brand management over integrity.