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Tim Paine resigned as Australia's Test captain on Friday after it emerged that the veteran wicketkeeper sent explicit text messages to a female co-worker four years ago.
36 year-old Paine appeared before the media in Adelaide to announce he was giving up the captaincy, but also said he wants to remain a member of the Test squad.
The announcement comes less than three weeks before the start of the high-profile Ashes series against England in Brisbane.
Paine assumed the Test captaincy in March 2018 after Steve Smith lost the role following the infamous sandpaper ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that also involved David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
Cricket Australia said in a statement said that its board had accepted Paine's resignation and will look to appoint a new Test captain.
Current vice-captain Pat Cummins is now favoured to become the first fast bowler to assume the full-time captaincy of the Australian Test team, although Steve Smith's name has also been mentioned.