The Barmy Army have created a brutal X-rated chant at the expense of former Australian Test captain Tim Paine in the wake of his sexting scandal.
With Paine still eligible for selection in the first Ashes Test at Brisbane’s Gabba next month, England’s cricket supporters have refused to let him off easy.
Covid-19 measures will mean most English supporters won’t be able to cheer their team on – or sledge the opposition – in person but Brisbane’s group of Barmy Army members have promised to make up for it.
The Barmy Army have created a brutal X-rated chant at the expense of former Australian Test captain Tim Paine (pictured with wife Bonnie) in the wake of his sexting scandal
The British expats, who live in Brisbane, will take up 1,300 seats at the Gabba for the start of the series on December 8, the group’s organiser George Gallantree says.
Various songs will be sung by the group including one directly referencing Paine’s recent time under the spotlight, while also taking aim at Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne – who was no stranger to a scandal himself.
‘Tim Paine was your captain. He had a mobile phone,’ the song to the tune of My Old Man’s A Dustman begins.
‘Advice came in from Warnie. Send a picture of your bone.’
England’s Barmy Army had earlier asked its Instagram followers to send through any ideas for a song taunting Paine for the upcoming Ashes – with a custom cap on offer for the best tune.
The taunt came after it was revealed Paine had sent sexualised messages and an inappropriate image to a female Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017.
It was revealed on Friday Paine (pictured with his wife) had sent lewd messages to a female Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017
Cricket Tasmania became aware of the texts in mid-2018, with an investigation by the organisation and Cricket Australia clearing Paine of any code of conduct breaches.
He stepped down as Test skipper on Friday while his wife Bonnie – who forgave him for the messages – said it was painful for the incident to have now been made public.
She has claimed it made their marriage more honest and strong.
Paine was appointed Test captain in early 2018 after the ball tampering saga, before Cricket Tasmania and Cricket Australia say they became aware of the texts.
The wicketkeeper, who opened up on the scandal alongside his wife Bonnie, said he would regularly talk with the woman about cricket-related things until one day it took a ‘flirtatious’ turn.
‘There was nothing unusual about it. But then, one text was sent that was a little open-ended, and it became a flirtatious exchange that should never have,’ he said.
Brisbane’s Barmy Army supporters will not be holding back if Paine is picked to play in the first Ashes series next month
The former test captain said he informed his wife of the 2017 exchange as soon as it was made known to Cricket Tasmania in mid-2018, which shook the foundations of their marriage.
‘As soon as a complaint was lodged. I told her everything. I admitted to all of it. As hard as that was, it was the best thing I did,’ Paine said.
The woman at the centre of the scandal was a Cricket Tasmania employee who Paine knew from playing state cricket.
She sent a letter of complaint to Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania in 2018 – sparking an investigation – and she also wrote to the Australian Human Rights Commission about the texts.
Meanwhile, questions have been asked about the merits of keeping Paine in the side, considering he’ll turn 37 when the first Ashes Test begins and his lack of match practice.
Chairman of selector and Paine’s close friend George Bailey has indicated he won’t make a casting vote if fellow selector Tony Dodemaide and coach Justin Langer are split on whether to pick the Tasmanian.
Paine announced his resignation as captain in a statement on Friday afternoon and held a press conference where he tearfully apologised