As Australian testing captain Tim Paine resigns following a four-year sexting episode, it’s time to remember that the refined game of cricket has been no stranger to scandals over the years.
From the underarm delivery against New Zealand in 1981, the bookmaker scandal involving Shane Warne and Mark Waugh in 1998, and the astonishing ‘Sandpapergate’ controversy in 2018, Australian cricket is never far from a conference. explosive press.
Paine came to the Australian harbor master’s office directly following the 2018 scandal in South Africa.
Australia’s Cameron Bancroft handles the ball during the third test match between South Africa and Australia in Newlands, South Africa in 2018. He was then suspended for nine months for attempting to crumple one side of the ball with a piece of sandpaper.
Australia captain Steve Smith was forced to resign from his team management after the Sandpapergate scandal of 2018
Next, captain Steve Smith was forced to resign as Australian leader after the drama in the third test match against South Africa in March 2018, when television cameras overheard Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft in the process of try to crumple one side of the balloon with a piece of sandpaper.
Vice Captain David Warner was also a key figure in the Shameful Moment. He and Smith were suspended from all forms of cricket for 12 months following an investigation by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.
Coach Darren Lehmann was cleared but later announced he would also resign following the scandal.
In the mid-1990s, Warne and Mark Waugh were fined after receiving money from “John,” the bookmaker, an Indian agent who paid the two players in exchange for information about the pitch and the pitch. weather forecast where Australia was playing.
The scandal was only discovered by members of the media in 1998, after which it exploded further as it was revealed that the Australian Cricket Board had attempted to cover up the incident.
In the mid-1990s, Shane Warne (center) and Mark Waugh (left) were fined after receiving money from bookmaker “John”, an Indian agent who paid the two players in exchange for field and weather information.
In 2003, Shane Warne was banned from gambling for 12 months after testing positive for banned diuretic drugs, after he said he took a diet pill provided by his mother.
The year 2003 was a special year for the Australian cricket scandals.
Perhaps his most prominent victim was leg-rotating superstar Shane Warne, who was also part of the previous scandal in 1998.
“Warney” was banned from the game for 12 months after testing positive for banned diuretic drugs, after claiming to take a diet pill provided by his mother.
“I feel like I’m a victim of anti-doping hysteria,” Warne said after the ban.
“I also want to repeat: I have never taken any performance enhancing medication and I never will.”
In 2003, Australian fast pitcher Glenn McGrath reacted when West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan made remarks about his ailing wife, the late Jane McGrath, triggering an almost physical confrontation in midfield.
That same year, a nasty on-field row broke out between Australia’s top fast pitcher Glenn McGrath and West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan in a test match in Antigua, West Indies.
McGrath responded when Sarwan made remarks about his ailing wife, the late Jane McGrath, sparking an almost physical confrontation in midfield.
But as cricket writer Gideon Haigh later pointed out, Sarwan’s words were a reaction to the insults leveled at him by McGrath.
In January 2003, Lehmann, who would later become the Australian coach, was suspended for five matches after a racist insult against the Sri Lankan team
In January 2003, Lehmann, who would later become the Australian coach, was suspended for five matches after a racist insult against the Sri Lankan team.
After being knocked out in a one-day game against Sir Lanka in Brisbane, Lehmann entered the Australian dressing room where he was overheard speaking towards the Sri Lankan reserve players and management: “C ** * s, c ** * s, fucking black c *** s. ”
In 1999, up-and-coming star drummer Ricky Ponting hosted a press conference with a black eye after being sacked from Australia’s squad for a day.
The talented Tasmanian and future Australian captain had passed out during a fight in a Sydney nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
During the press conference, Ponting said he had no recollection of the incident at the Bourbon & Beefsteak bar in Kings Cross, admitted a drinking problem and said he would seek advice.
In 1999, up-and-coming star drummer Ricky Ponting hosted a press conference with a black eye after being sacked from Australia’s squad for a day. The future Australian captain was knocked out in a brawl at a Sydney nightclub in the wee hours of the morning
On the fateful day in 1981 when Australian captain Greg Chappell asked his brother Trevor to play under New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie to deny him the chance to draw a sixth draw in a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
In some ways, the father of all Australian cricket controversy remains the fateful day in 1981 when Australian captain Greg Chappell asked his brother Trevor to play under New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie to deny him the chance to hitting a draw six over a one. daytime match at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Any New Zealander over 40 is always likely to talk about it in a conversation with an Australian.
The sudden and shocking resignation of Tim Paine is another step in the long list of scandals in Australian cricket, a sport with an image of a gentleman but a tendency for meanness.