Tim Paine resigns as Australian captain, English press tabloid newspapers response ahead of Ashes series
Tim Paine's abrupt resignation as Australia's Test captain has given England renewed hope of an upset Ashes win, with the hosts suddenly plunged into turmoil.
After almost three years at the helm, a shattered Paine ended his tenure as Australia's Test skipper on Friday as he fought tears after a regrettable sexting scandal from 2017 came to light.
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Paine's bombshell announcement has rocked what had seemed a perfect lead-up to the Ashes for Australia, with a crop of players coming off the back of securing the elusive T20 World Cup last week.
The Telegraph's Scyld Berry wrote that signs Paine was not perhaps as squeaky-clean as outwardly portrayed were evident last year when he sledged Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
After suggesting the Ashes would go ahead without Joe Root, the series could now proceed without Paine (Getty)”The stump mic caught comments by Paine during their home series against India which showed that Australia's team had not cleared up their image as much as they wanted outsiders to believe,” Berry wrote.
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