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Paine stands down as Test skipper

Tim Paine has stood down as the captain of the Australian Test team days out from the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.


Paine was involved in an exchange of explicit text messages four years a go with a then colleague and felt it was right to resign acknowledging the behaviour was not acceptable as the Australian Test captain.


The 36-year-old was investigated by Cricket Australia at the time of the incident and was cleared of breaking any CA Codes of Conduct.


Paine who didn't take questions speaking in Hobart said:


"I have loved my role as captain of the Australian cricket team. It's been the greatest privilege of my sporting life to lead the Australian men's Test team.


I'm grateful for the support of my teammates and proud of what we've been able to achieve together. To them, I ask for their understanding and forgiveness.


To Australian cricket fans — deeply sorry that my past behaviour has impacted our game on the eve of the Ashes. For the disappointment I have caused to fans and the entire cricket community, I apologise.


I've been blessed with a wonderful, loving and supportive family, and it breaks my heart to know how much I've let them down."


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