Candice Warner believes Cricket Australia is operating on two different standards when it comes to the Tim Paine sexting scandal.
Paine resigned from his post as Australian cricket captain in an emotional press conference last Friday after a series of lewd texts between him and a former Cricket Tasmania staffer from 2017 surfaced.
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The wicketkeeper was the subject of a Cricket Australia investigation that cleared him of any breaches, but questions have been asked about the governing body, especially given Paine was appointed skipper in the wake of the infamous sandpapergate scandal.
Warner, the wife of Australian cricket star David, feels uncomfortable with how CA has held Paine to a different level of accountability compared to when he was just a player.
“They’re (CA) basically saying that it’s not OK for an Australian cricket captain to send these messages, but it’s okay for an Australian player,” Warner told 2GB radio.
“As a wife of an Australian player, that is slightly concerning and it does make me worry.”
Despite Paine quitting as captain, he remains intent on playing a part in the Ashes and helping the squad retain the famous urn.
Whether he makes the final cut for the first Test in Brisbane starting on December 8 remains to be seen, but according to Warner, the Tasmanian’s Test teammates are rallying around the ex-captain and perhaps more importantly, his family.
“They’re (Australian Test team) really focused on the first game,” Warner said.
“I think there are reports that the players are getting around and supporting him, but it’s also about supporting his family through a really difficult situation.”
Should Paine take to the field in the Ashes, he will no doubt be greeted with plenty of jeers from the Barmy Army.
The famous English support group has reportedly begun drafting new songs in anticipation and both Warners know exactly how it feels to be the target of their tunes.
“I don’t know how Tim Paine will handle it (the Barmy Army), or if he will have to handle it,” Warner said.
“But in regard to David and myself, you’ve got to look at it in a certain way.
“I know David looks at it as ‘if they’re singing about me (David), they’re worried about me’.
“So David uses it as a fuel to fire him up and get going.
“It is how you want to take it. It can affect people.”