Fallen Australian Test captain Tim Paine has made stunning claims about his exit and also the Sandpapergate scandal in a new book. Check out CODE’s Best of Sport for today’s sporting news.
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Tim Paine has claimed he was effectively sacked from the Test captaincy by a PR consultant, slamming Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley for not having the “courage” to do it himself.
Paine ultimately chose to step down as Australian skipper in the face of a sexting scandal last November, but only because he felt CA’s bosses had “held a gun to my head.”
In a revealing new book, The Price Paid, Paine opens up on his deep personal shame for his actions, but admits he felt hung out to dry by a CA board that years earlier had cleared his exchange with a female Tasmanian cricket employee as “consensual”, only to backflip on their support for him once the story was set to go public.
Paine is scathing on Hockley and CA executives for abandoning him and particularly for leaving it to a consultant outside the organisation to tell him he should walk the plank.
“We did a phone link which included this person they’d hired from a public relations firm who’d apparently given advice to the board in the past,” writes Paine.
“He said that he’d been in the newspaper game for many years and this was going to be huge and would not go away. I found it very strange that this person, someone I’d never met and someone who did not work at Cricket Australia, took the lead in the call while Nick, the chief executive, took a back seat.”
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Paine also wrote about Australia’s Sandpapergate scandal in Cape Town, saying that the team should have faced the heat more collectively – rather than just Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft – as “everyone was part of it to some degree”. READ MORE HERE
Ross Lyon‘s first stint at St Kilda is looked upon fondly by fans who have welcomed him back with open arms. But he’ll face a much tougher challenge this time around, writes DANIEL CHERNY.
Ross Lyon’s winning percentage during his first stint as St Kilda coach was 65.91 per cent. It’s a fitting figure in that it is just shy of 66, because of the 14 men to have held the position at the Saints since Allan Jeans, none have come closer to ending the club’s torturous obsession with ’66 than Lyon.
At most AFL clubs, the return of premiership heroes of old brings a sense of safety by association. Even when things are dire, fans can take comfort that so and so is coming home to bring back the good old days. It was there when Neil Balme came back to Richmond at the end of 2016 (not to mention Balme’s terrific reputation as a football administrator), when Carlton appointed Greg Williams to the role of football director last year, and most cynically at Essendon when Kevin Sheedy was co-opted to the board late in 2020. It is also part of why a segment of the Bombers’ membership wanted James Hird to replace Ben Rutten as coach. That Hird is also viewed by a sizeable minority as having been a scapegoat was also significant.
At St Kilda it is next to impossible for the heroes of ’66 to be brought back into the professional fold. Jeans died more than a decade ago, and the youngest member of the ’66 grand final side – Allan Davis – is 74.
The closest the Saints have is the Lyon era.
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Some huge Australian performances emerged in Gretel Bueta’s absence, while a Silver Ferns star revived memories of an icon. BIANCA CHATFIELD delivers her Constellation Cup distinctions, passes and fails.
What the Constellation Cup showed us was that Australia and New Zealand will be the two standout teams in the lead-up to next year’s Netball World Cup.
The incredible depth both countries showcased is something we haven’t seen for a long time, and coaches Stacey Marinkovich and Dame Noeline Taurua have far more players to choose from than Jamaica and England, for example.
The Diamonds alone blooded four new players in Amy Parmenter, Maddy Proud, Ruby Bakewell-Doran and Sophie Dwyer during the first two games of the series, which at the time appeared to be over-the-top. But both teams seem to have a master plan at play and are using the Constellation Cup as part of their selection process for Cape Town.
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On a trip to Vanuatu, Melbourne bat repairer Peter Duffy noticed the lack of resources for the locals who played. It began a beautiful relationship with the nation’s cricketers, writes PAUL AMY.
How does a club cricketer from Mentone in bayside Melbourne become an honorary member of Cricket Vanuatu?
It started with a holiday for Peter Duffy’s family in 2016.
During it, Duffy came across a net in Mele village and saw two men walking towards it with a rolled-up synthetic wicket slung over their shoulders.
“Until then I didn’t even realise they played cricket in Vanuatu,’’ Duffy says.
After chasing a wild pig out of the nets, the men rolled the wicket over a “pretty rough’’ concrete base.
Then the local girls team appeared for training.
“They were pretty much bowling in bare feet – the batter got to wear shoes,’’ Duffy says. “But you could see they were talented.’’
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NRL Transfer market special: Rosters, re-signings and the latest player moves at every club.
Reece Walsh (Warriors) is the only big-name player the Broncos have added to their roster for next season. Also signed Jock Madden (Tigers), while Jesse Arthars (Warriors) returns from loan. Billy Walters’ new two-year deal has yet to be officially announced, which will leave the Broncos with one spot left.
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