Tim Paine’s treatment by Cricket Australia has been described as “appalling.”

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According to Cricket Tasmania, Tim Paine’s treatment was the worse of an Australia Test captain in 50 years.

Paine resigned from Cricket Tasmania on Friday following a probe into sexually inappropriate emails he sent to a female employee in 2017.

Since 2018, the 36-year-old has led the Australian Test team. “The conduct of the Australian Test captain by Cricket Australia has been terrible, Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin said.”

After a female colleague made charges against Paine in 2018, the messages were discovered as part of a misbehaviour inquiry.

Lawry was relieved of his captaincy and dumped before the last Test of the 1970-71 Ashes series, and only learned of his dismissal through media.

After a Cricket Australia (CA) integrity review, Paine was exonerated, but he stood down after knowing the communications would be made public. There was also no violation of Cricket Tasmania’s code of conduct, according to a Human Resources probe.

Richard Freudenstein, the CEO of Cricket Australia, stated on Saturday that the governing body could have handled the probe differently.

Following the ball-tampering affair in South Africa, Paine was named captain.

When Paine took office, he stated that Australia’s behaviour needed to improve and that he would instil a new culture. He was picked in Australia’s squad for the Ashes, which begins on December 8, before resigning.

If there is a split decision, national selector and former Tasmania player George Bailey have declared he will abstain from voting on whether Paine should remain in the Australian team.

Bailey, head coach Justin Langer, and selector Tony Dodemaide will make the choice. Bailey and Paine are good friends who used to play together at the University of Tasmania.

On the Cricket, Et Cetera podcast, Bailey stated, “If the panel was not in agreement with Tim’s position going forward and it came down to a vote, I would stand aside and leave it to Tony and Justin to hash it out.”

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