Bonnie Paine made the comments in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Herald Sun published on Sunday.
The interview with Paine and his wife of more than five years follows his resignation of the test captaincy on Friday after an investigation by the Herald Sun revealed he was involved in a sext exchange with a former colleague in 2017.
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Cricket Australia reportedly became aware of the incident in March 2018 after letters of complaint were sent to it and Cricket Tasmania.
However, the national cricket body cleared Paine of any breach of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct after an investigation.
Cricket Tasmania said in a statement on Friday that it undertook an investigation at the time but because it “determined the interaction was consensual” decided to take no further action.
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As a result, both Cricket Tasmania and Cricket Australia kept the matter private and did not reveal it to the public.
Bonnie Paine thought the incident had been settled in 2018 and is “frustrated” it has come out in public.
“I feel a bit frustrated that it’s all been brought up and aired in the public when we’d put it to bed years ago,” she said.
“I have moved forward since then. I feel like there is a lot of injustice for it being dragged out again.
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“We had all dealt with it. Tim had dealt with the repercussions from Cricket Australia, being scrutinised and investigated, and then he had to tell me and deal with me being upset.
“Now, it seems unfair that it’s being aired out to everyone else to view and judge,” she said.
Tim Paine revealed in the interview he had lost his way at the time of the incident
“Months before that I was retiring from first class cricket and accepting a job for Kookaburra. My cricket career was nearly done.”
However, everything then “changed direction at a rapid pace”, according to Paine, after he was appointed captain of the Australian test side following the ball-tampering scandal involving Steve Smith and David Warner in early 2018.
Bonnie Paine says she was “shocked” and “angry” when Paine revealed he’d had a text exchange with a colleague.
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“I was shocked. I remember feeling angry because we had a little girl that wasn’t too old.
“At the same time, Tim and I had been in a long relationship…and we had had our ups and downs, and I don’t claim to be perfect, but I was still completely rocked.”
Ms Paine says although it was a testing time, “you need to forgive”.
“We had been together a long time and maybe lost sight of some important things. Relationships are bloody hard,” she said.
“Whether it’s with your family, with your sister, your husband, your partner, you make mistakes.
“It’s hard enough to have that happen privately in your relationship inside your own four walls, just the two of you, but it’s harder when everyone has an opinion, and everyone wants to know about your personal life,” she said. 
Following Paine’s resignation of the captaincy on Friday, Cricket Australia chairman Richard Freudenberg said: “Tim felt it was in the best interests of his family and Australian cricket to take this decision to step down as captain.
“The Board has accepted Tim’s resignation and will now work through a process with the National Selection Panel of identifying and appointing a new captain.”
While Paine will not be captain he said he will remain in the Australian Test team for the forthcoming Ashes series against England.
Paine’s vice-captain, Pat Cummins, is considered favorite to take over the captaincy.
 
 
 
 

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