Tim Paine has lifted the lid on his exit as Australian Test captain, declaring he was hung out to dry by Cricket Australia while revealing the “strange” phone conversation that led to him standing down.
Writing in his newly-released autobiography, The Price Paid, Paine opened up on the fallout from the sexting scandal last November, which resulted in him relinquishing his duties as captain.
Although, as Paine writes, he only did so as he felt as if CA bosses had “held a gun” to his head after a “strange” conversation with chief executive Nick Hockley and an unnamed public relations consultant.
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