Sunday Territorian 21 Nov 2021
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46 SPORT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 TEST great Allan Border believes Australia must respect its time honoured chain of command and appoint Pat Cummins its new captain. Cummins is poised to become the first specialist fast man to lead Australia in a Test since Ray Lindwall did it on a one-off basis against India in 1956. His unexpected promotion is set to come for the December 8 Ashes opener against England following the resignation of Tim Paine after a sexting scandal. Australia has a long held theory that it wants its fast men to bowl their hearts out and rest their body and minds between times without the burden of leadership but Cummins will break the mould. Pat has to be named captain now otherwise there is no point in having a vice-captain, Border said in reference to the deputy post Cummins has held beneath Paine. Australias likely choice of Cummins comes after the CA board received feedback that his performance as a vice-captain has been excellent. Australia will consider several options as vice-captain including Steve Smith with former CA board member and Test fast man Michael Kas prowicz feeling it would be unlikely the current board would have any lingering animosity to Smith over Sandpapergate. Smith was banned from national leadership positions for two years after the Cape Town ball tampering affair but Australias selectors were last season given permission to appoint him to a leadership position in the event of an emergency. While there is a feeling that reinstating him as captain may be a step too far, the vice-captaincy would be a better fit. Its pretty rare for Australia to be in a position to have someone ready made with so much experience, Kasprowicz said. Cummins right man to take captaincy: Border Aussie quick Pat Cummins. ROBERT CRADDOCK TEARIO TIM! POMS GO TO TOWN ON SKIPPERS DEMISE ENGLAND is having a field day after Tim Paine quit in disgrace as Australian captain after a historical sexting scandal was revealed. The Barmy Army are among those from the United Kingdom to sink their teeth into the Australian cricket team after being embroiled in yet another scandal, with UK media outlets lashing Paine over his actions. The UK Daily Mails back page read AUSSIE CAPTAINS SEX TEXTS SHAME, and the The Times went with a similar flavour, denouncing PAINES SHAME. Meanwhile, the UK Daily Telegraph ran a broader headline Australia in crisis on its back page and The Daily Star referenced his emotional press conference with Teario, Teario, Teario. The Sun online declared TIM TIME UP. The Barmy Army woke to the news of Paine resigning over, as they put it, ball tampering claims, and posted a spot the difference meme showing Paine, Steve Smith and David Warner after their ball-tampering confessionals and an Australian cricket fan all in tears. CRICKET Australias investigation three years ago into Tim Paines sexting scandal failed to uncover the text messages that led to his resignation as Australian Test captain. It can be revealed the woman at the centre of the allegations, a former Cricket Tasmania employee, was not interviewed and it is claimed she declined to co-operate with the probe. Cricket Australia paid an external company to forensically examine Paines phone, which extracted all the data and searched for keywords and images. But nothing from the November 2017 exchange with the former receptionist, who resigned in 2018, was found. Paine was grilled by CA integrity chief Sean Carroll and legal counsel Christine Harman before jetting to England to lead the Aussies in a fivematch ODI series that they lost 5-0. The 36-year-old fessed up but said it was a text exchange between two consenting adults. Without being able to examine mobile phone evidence or interview the woman, investigators concluded no breach of the code of conduct was found. Paine co-operated fully with the probe and did not deny he had sent lewd content, which included a picture of his genitals. Paine also chose to tell coach Justin Langer about the embarrassing incident. CA examined the incident but concluded its new skipper had not breached its code of conduct. The findings were relayed to the Cricket Australia board, which chose not to take action. It was not Cricket Australia policy to release the findings of an investigation that had found no wrongdoing. Current chairman Richard Freudenstein yesterday admitted his board would not have reached the same conclusion as the board did in 2018. Faced with the same circumstances, and with the benefit of all relevant information about this matter, Cricket Australia would not make the same decisions today, he said. I acknowledge the decision clearly sent the wrong message to the sport, to the community and to Tim that this kind of behaviour is acceptable and without serious consequences. The role of Australia captain must be held to the highest standards. WHY PAINE CANT PLAY FIRST TEST to play that role, the other standout wicketkeeper/batsmen around the country and the runs they were making, there was a groundswell of people starting to ask if Tim Paine was in fact the best option for the Test team. He had his moments during recent series especially last summer against India which left us all questioning his tactical nous and his actual playing role. Bowlers are to blame here too, but the captain has to be held accountable. It seemed that maybe his time was up. His own performances with the gloves and bat werent great, we have Matthew Wade, Alex Carey and Josh Inglis as more aggressive and better batting options at number seven. Plus the team wasnt winning. A lot of people were thinking that, including me. After the way he had to step down, it might sound really harsh, but we have to look at the positives as the Ashes are only 17 days away. For me the time is right to make Pat Cummins captain, something I thought even before the events of Friday unfolded. The poster boy, respected and loved the world over, Pat Cummins should now be named captain, and either Matt Wade, Josh Inglis or Alex Carey should get their chance to come in and play Paines role in the Test team. Tim has thought of the team, been unselfish, by standing down now. But as Ive said its time to move on. Youd say Alex Careys performance over a long period of time would have him as the leading candidate to come into the side. Wade has had his chance and didnt quite nail it but after his World Cup heroics should he be given another crack. Or should the selectors go for the young Josh Inglis? Inglis gets my vote. Hes got silky smooth hands behind the stumps, hes a 360 degree player with the bat and coming off three first class hundreds last season for WA. Hes 26. Bang, get him in. Tim Paine leaves Queenborough Oval in Hobart on Saturday after his club cricket game was abandoned due to a soggy wicket. Picture: Chris Kidd WHEN Tim Paine was thrust into the Australian Test captaincy, he seemed the right man for a tough time. It was a horrible period in Australian cricket after the sandpaper scandal and demanded a new leader, someone who could gain trust back from the Australian public and from cricket lovers all around the world. He became the leader the team needed and the spokesman for the team. In my opinion, Tim did a terrific job. He led the team through and then out of one of the darkest periods in Australian cricket. Everyone in Australian cricket was able to breathe a sigh of relief. The past was buried and Australia is back to winning World Cups, and being respected through the way Tim conducted himself and the team, and where it has got to along with Aaron Finch and Justin Langer. It was sad to see what happened last Friday on so many levels and the circumstances in which Tim was forced to stand down. I really feel for him, what hes going through, and what his family is going through. Lets just for a moment put it in perspective. It happened four years ago, and a full Cricket Australia investigation cleared him to take the captaincy. His family stood by him then, and now. Im not judging him on this incident. Just because Tim is in the public eye doesnt mean he wont make a mistake. Sportspersons are human, they have feelings. Lets stop the judgement. Its not our place to do that. Its certainly not the way anyone would have wanted Tims tenure to end but even before the revelations, it was becoming clear that hed done his job as a good spokesman for the team, and his spot was already starting to look a bit shaky. When you take a close look at his position at number seven in the batting order, and the other candidates SHANE WARNE Texts not found in CA probe
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