Paine resigned from his position as Australia’s Test captain on Friday after a series of lewd texts from 2017 between him and a former Cricket Tasmania employee surfaced.
The 36-year-old wicketkeeper revealed Cricket Australia had conducted a review at the time and had cleared him of any breach of the code of conduct.
Candice Warner has sledged Cricket Australia for setting two different standards following their management of Tim Paine’s sexting scandal. Picture: Don Arnold/WireImage
Ms Warner, who is the wife of Australian opening batsman David Warner, said Cricket Australia’s treatment of the incident created two standards for players and captains.
“They’re (Cricket Australia) basically saying that its not okay for an Australian cricket captain to send these messages but it’s okay for an Australian player,” she told 2GB radio.
“As a wife of an Australian cricketer that is slightly concerning and it does make me worry.”
While Paine has stepped down from the captaincy duties he still wants to remain in the team for the upcoming Ashes series against England which begins on December 8.
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Following Paine’s resignation from the captaincy, doubts have been cast over his spot in the side with former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne calling for Josh Inglis to replace Paine behind the stumps.
Despite the growing pressure on Paine’s position in the team Ms Warner said she wanted to see him remain the side’s wicketkeeper.
“I think if he’s ready he could possibly play, that’s the big question as well he’s coming back from injury,” she said.
“That’s a question for the selectors, you know it has to go on form and if he is the best person at the moment then he should play.”
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If Paine is to play in the Ashes he will be the focus of several songs and taunts from the boisterous Barmy Army who have already released a song for the wicketkeeper.
Ms Warner and her husband have both previously been the subject of songs from the fans and she said Paine would probably have to cop their jeers.
“I don’t know how Tim Paine will handle it (the Barmy Army), or if he will have to handle it,” Ms Warner said.
“It is how you want to take it, it can affect people.
“I guess Tim Paine won’t be playing on the boundary if he’s playing he’s behind the wickets so he won’t maybe hear it as much as someone like David who at times sits on the boundary.”

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