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Tim Paine retires from cricket 16 months on from sexting scandal

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Former Australia captain Tim Paine retires from cricket in emotional scenes… 16 months on from sexting scandal that ended his international career

Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine has retired from domestic cricket, calling time on his career at stumps in Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at Bellerive Oval.

Paine, who skippered Australia in 23 Tests between early 2018 and 2021 and played 35 Tests overall, left the field to a guard of honour from players from both sides.

He became Australia’s 46th Test skipper when Steve Smith was stood down after the infamous ball-tampering scandal on Australia’s 2018 tour of South Africa.

The 38-year-old’s final outing was a low-key affair, with the captains of Tasmania and Queensland agreeing to an early finish at tea on day four.

Tim Paine has retired from all forms of cricket and played his last game on Friday

The 38-year-old kept wicket for Tasmania's game against Queensland at Blundstone Arena

The 38-year-old kept wicket for Tasmania’s game against Queensland at Blundstone Arena

Queensland opener Bryce Street earlier hit an unbeaten 102 to help his side to 1-184 – still 248 runs from victory when the match was declared a draw.

Hobart-born Paine represented Tasmania over 18 years after debuting in 2005, playing 153 first-class matches.

“He has been a phenomenal player, it is an incredible effort to have the longevity that he has had,” Tasmania captain Jordan Silk said.

“I’m sure a lot of guys will say there has never been as good a keeper as Tim Paine in Australia.

“Considering his age, the standard of keeping he has been able to maintain has been really incredible.

“He sets a great example with his work ethic for all our guys.

The wicketkeeper stood down as Australia captain before the 2021-2022 Ashes series

The wicketkeeper stood down as Australia captain before the 2021-2022 Ashes series

He was caught up in a sexting scandal with a staff member at Cricket Australia

He was caught up in a sexting scandal with a staff member at Cricket Australia

TIM PAINE’S TEST CAREER

Matches: 35

Runs: 1534

Highest score: 92

Average: 32.63

Catches, stumpings: 150, 7

Captaincy record: 11 wins, eight losses, four draws

“We have been incredibly blessed down here and we wish him all the best in whatever he chooses going forward.”

Paine, who made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lords in 2010, averaged 32.63 with a highest-score of 92 and made 157 dismissals behind the stumps.

He also played 35 one-day internationals.

He stepped down as Test captain in the lead-up to the 2021-22 Ashes series when explicit text messages he sent to a Cricket Tasmania employee in 2017 became public.

Paine was cleared of wrongdoing at the time by internal Cricket Tasmania and Cricket Australia.

He intended to continue playing against England on the comeback trail from injury before stepping away from the sport indefinitely amid heavy media scrutiny.

Despite not having a fulltime state contract, Paine trained with Tasmania’s top squad in the lead-up to the summer and earned a Sheffield Shield recall for their season opener against Queensland.

He played seven matches for the season as well as figuring in Big Bash League game for his hometown Hobart Hurricanes.

Paine has previously flagged a shift into coaching post-playing.

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