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Ashes 2021: Tim Paine's wife Bonnie escapes to holiday house with friend after sexting scandal 

The wife of embattled cricket star Tim Paine has taken some downtime at their waterfront beach house with a girlfriend in the wake of her husband's sexting scandal which cost him the Australian Test captaincy. 

A downcast Bonnie Paine was seen exiting her car at the family home in Hobart's south on Monday before heading to their luxurious holiday home for some much-needed relief from the controversy which drove her husband out of his job. 

The mother-of-two shared a snap of herself lazing on her balcony reading seminal feminist book: 'Women Don't Owe You Pretty' by Florence Given before posting a video of her friend sunbaking to her Instagram story.

Paine, meanwhile, held the fort back at the family home to look after their daughter Milla, four, and son Charlie, who happily carried a cricket bat as he followed dad.  

Tim Paine's wife Bonnie is seen on Monday getting out of her car at their family home in Hobart's south before heading to her beach house

Former Test captain Tim Paine stayed behind at the family home to take care of children Milla and Charlie (right) while wife Bonnie  (left) took some time to unwind

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a female co-worker along with a stream of lewd text messages

The wicketkeeper's young son was seen holding a cricket bat while Paine sported a cap supporting the NBL team the Tasmania Jack Jumpers.

Mrs Paine is understood to still be taking some downtime at her holiday home but has vowed to stand by her husband.

A source told Daily Mail Australia she 'looked stressed' as she walked along the beach with her friend who stayed at the waterfront home overnight on Monday.

Mrs Paine has been spending a lot of time reading, the source added, while her husband back home looked 'relaxed' as he took his kids out for the day. 

The cricketer last week said he would be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket 'for the foreseeable future' in the wake of the scandal.

Paine, 36, stood down as Test captain after confirming he sent sexual messages and a photo of his genitals to Cricket Tasmania staffer Renee Ferguson, 47, in 2017. 

Teammates reportedly still wanted the veteran wicketkeeper to play the first Ashes Test at the Gabba against England beginning on December 8.

Paine instead withdrew from a domestic game and Cricket Tasmania confirmed he would miss Friday's one-dayer versus Western Australia so he can take an indefinite break from the sport.

His manager James Henderson also confirmed Paine is 'stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break'.

He posted on Twitter that there are 'extreme concerns' for the well-being of Paine and Bonnie. 

Paine was investigated by Cricket Australia in 2018 after Ms Ferguson complained, but cleared of misconduct and the matter kept secret.

The wicketkeeper's young son was seen holding a cricket bat while Paine sported a cap supporting the NBL team the Tasmania Jack Jumpers

Paine last week said he would be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket

He sent a photo of his penis to the female co-worker along with a stream of lewd text messages, many of which are too raunchy to publish.

'Will you want to taste my d**?? F**k me, I'm seriously hard,' one of the messages sent to the Cricket Tasmania employee read.

The lewd messages were sent on November 22 and 23, 2017, the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Cricket Australia was not aware of the messages until after Paine was appointed Test captain in March 2018 in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

The governing body is believed to have found out about the sexting in June 2018 and launched an investigation, along with Cricket Tasmania.

'We're both f**ked if this got out,' Ms Ferguson wrote in one text to Paine.

Mrs Paine is currently staying at the family's luxurious beach house with a girlfriend

She shared a snap of herself reading a feminist book titled 'Women don't owe you pretty'

Paine confirmed he had sent sexual messages to a female Cricket Tasmania employee in 2017

However, the complaints were only made about seven months later when Ms Ferguson was charged with stealing. Those charges are still before the courts.

Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin said Ms Ferguson was earlier sacked by the organisation, but did not bring the messages up at the time.

Ms Ferguson interacted with Paine on and off for about a year, and both parties were flirtatious in the leaked messages.

But conversation took a sudden turn with the cricketer's explicit messages just before she resigned from Cricket Tasmania.

She sent a letter to Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania, as well as the Australian Human Rights Commission, complaining of sexual harassment. 

Mrs Paine was seen dropping her children off at a kids birthday party on Sunday

Mrs Paine said she chose to forgive her husband and move on from the sexting incident

Ms Ferguson has also filed a bombshell sexual harassment claim in Federal Court, but her lawsuit does not relate to Paine in any way, instead to another man in the Cricket Tasmania office

Her claims she was subjected to sexual banter at Cricket Tasmania, and alleges she was told to 'get on snap [Snapchat] you mole'.

Paine announced his resignation in a statement on November 19 and held a press conference where he tearfully apologised.

'It's an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket,' he said.

'Nearly four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a then-colleague.

'At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation, throughout which I fully participated in and openly participated in.

Tim and Bonnie Paine are pictured together in 2020 at the Australian Cricket Awards at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne

'That investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time found that there had been no breach of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct.

'Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and still do today. I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support.'

Cricket Tasmania became aware of the texts in mid-2018 and investigated the matter along with Cricket Australia before clearing Paine of any code of conduct breaches.

Mrs Paine, who found out about the texts at the time, said she forgave her husband and claimed that the incident made their marriage stronger.

'Although I had mixed emotions, and I felt betrayed, and I felt hurt, upset, and I felt pissed off, I also had feelings of gratitude because he was being so honest with me. I thought, OK, do I walk? Or forgive and rebuild? I chose the latter,' she told the Herald Sun after the scandal was made public.

Paine announced his resignation as captain in a statement on November 19 and held a press conference where he tearfully apologised

Tim Paine's rise and dramatic fall in sexting scandal

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on Jan. 9, 2021

2010: Tim Paine makes his Test debut against Pakistan, replacing injured Brad Haddin, but is dumped upon the incumbent's return

April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs

November 17, 2017: Granted shock recall for Ashes series

November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends lewd messages to a female coworker on the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The pair had exchanged texts throughout the year

January 2018: Selected for squad to tour South Africa

March 25, 2018: Appointed interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner stood down over 'sandpapergate' ball tampering scandal

March 28, 2018: Paine is appointed captain for the 4th Test of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian side

April 2018: Awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia 

June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania become aware of the messages and launch an investigation, following a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was exonerated during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages but chose to stick by him

2018 - 2021: Paine continues as Test captain, retaining the Ashes in England in 2019

November 19, 2021: Paine steps down as full details of the explicit messages surface