A love rat Aussie cricket coach caught cheating on his wife while on international tours and sending lurid text messages has resurfaced on dating app Bumble.
Trent Johnston, 48, who controversially left his high-flying job with Cricket Hong Kong in the wake of the sensational revelations about his sex life, is now working as a brickie’s labourer.
Bumble is the same app Johnston was using to exchange messages with a woman who sent him topless photos and videos while on cricket training camp in Britain when he was found out by his now ex-wife Joanne Bell in October last year.
That exchange and other encounters with women while on an international cricket tour in Europe, Africa and the Middle East preceded Johnston’s departure from first class sports after more than 20 years.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Johnston now is living in Dapto, south of Sydney, and promoting himself on Bumble as ‘not perfect but working hard to become the best I can’.
Another line on his new Bumble profile says ‘I’ll go down fighting’ and he tells prospective dates, ‘I get way too excited … about a night out on the tiles’ alongside a gym selfie – but also declares: ‘The woman pays hahaha’.
Johnston has resurfaced on Bumble, the dating app he used to exchange nude photos with a woman while on tour in England, and is now looking for love in Dapto south of Sydney
It is unclear whether this is a joke, although Johnston’s income has suffered a severe hit since he left international cricket coaching for a job hauling bricks and mortar and mucking out on new builds in the Wollongong area.
It is five months since Johnston abruptly resigned as Hong Kong cricket coach with immediate effect.
A former first class cricketer for Australia in the NSW Sheffield Shield side, Johnston became an Ireland international and team captain, and also coached the NSW Blues before becoming Cricket Hong Kong’s head coach.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Johnston’s lawyer for comment.
Trent Johnston has resurfaced on Bumble where he is looking for dates with women in Dapto and South Nowra and looks forward to a ‘night on the tiles’, though the woman might have to pay
Johnston (above with his now ex-wife Joanne Bell) quit his job at Cricket Hong Kong’s elite head coach and is now a brickie’s labourer while Bell is a property adviser
The South China Morning Post reported that his position became ‘untenable’ after Daily Mail Australia revealed that Johnston had conducted an extramarital affair in Zimbabwe and exchanged saucy texts with women in England and Dubai, all while touring with the Hong Kong team.
One of the women, a Dubai-based actress and model, spent time in his room at the Al Habtoor City Hilton hotel during the Asia Cup tournaments, a potential breach of international cricket tour rules.
Johnston’s extracurricular liaisons were laid bare when he returned to Australia after the Hong Kong side failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup which was held in late 2022.
During what was intended to be a romantic reunion with Ms Bell, his property agent wife, he gave her his laptop to watch a cricket match while he went to the pub.
When it began pinging with WhatsApp messages, a shocked Ms Bell discovered her husband of 2.5 years had been cheating on her with other women while overseas.
Messages on the laptop revealed he had sex with a woman at the Bulawayo Holiday Inn in Zimbabwe, took another woman up to his room in Dubai and exchanged Bumble messages with a woman whose nude images he said had sent ‘blood flowing to a few interesting parts’.
Following the discovery of his liaisons on tour Ms Bell – a national junior swimmer who went on to found Rent.Buy.Move real estate – immediately texted Johnston: ‘We are done. Our marriage is over.’
Trent Johnston was a former international cricketer turned coach who sensationally quit his elite career after his lurid sex texts on tour scandal was revealed
Trent Johnston may have just been joking when he wrote on his new Bumble dating profile that ‘the woman pays’ for dates, although he is earning vastly less as a brickie’s labourer than he was as an international cricket coach
Bumble dating app exchange between Trent Johnston and a woman while he was in training camp in the UK with the team he then coached, the international Hong Kong men’s side
Johnston and another coach – who cannot be named – hooked up with two actress-models who spent time in their rooms at the Dubai Hilton last September.
Daily Mail Australia obtained the racy texts between Johnston and the two women in Dubai, as well as the Zimbabwean women he slept with during ICC T20 World tournament tour.
During flirty exchanges with woman he spent the night with in Zimbabwe, ‘M’, Johnston texted, ‘I have an itch for you to scratch young lady’.
She later texted him to say ‘thank you for an unforgettable moment’.
He texted back, saying ‘wow, thank you for coming over and spending hours in a strange man’s hotel room … it gets this old bugga a little, sorry a lot excited … haha.’
While he was packing to leave Zimbabwe, she texted him to say, ‘should I come and join you for the shower’, adding a coy laughter emoji.
Image of topless woman send on dating app Bumble to cricketer Trent Johnston in July last year as he was preparing for two ‘friendly’ matches during a training camp
Joanne Bell found the texts her husband Trent Johnston (above the couple together) made while he was on tour with his international Hong Kong side in England, Zimbabwe and Dubai
In another exchange he asked her ‘what do I wear to bed’ and she replied, ‘I don’t wear anything’, and adds a playful ‘see no evil’ monkey emoji.
Johnston replied, ‘Lucky sheets. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t’, M then texted ‘I promise I won’t’ and he replied, ‘I promise I will’.
Johnston flew back to Sydney the next day and was initially warmly greeted by Joanne Bell, his second wife, the couple having married in 2019, in Hong Kong.
But after uncovering her husband’s infidelities, Ms Bell contacted the woman ‘M’ in Zimbabwe to ask her if during their ‘unforgettable’ night together, Johnston had worn a condom.
M told Joanne that Johnston had, but Ms Bell said she nevertheless got herself tested twice after learning that Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world, with over 20 per cent of the adult population carrying the virus.
Since parting ways with Johnston, Joanne Bell concentrated on her career as a property agent, advising clients on how to buy well in the current market through her Buy Smart Real Estate buying specialists.
Bumble dating app exchange July 22 – 24, 2022 with ‘MJ’ while Trent Johnston is on training camp in UK
10.46am: Trent: ‘Hi … how’s your day going? Sorry I should have said it’s Trent from Bumble. I’m new to this sort of thing too’
2.10pm: MJ: ‘Hi Trent. Thanks for texting. It’s going great And you’. (M sends Trent a topless image of a pair of women’s breasts).
2.11pm: Trent: Wow, I wasn’t expecting that.
2.16pm: MJ: (two love face emojis).
2:16pm: Trent: How do I get a chance to see those live?
2:18pm: MJ: any pics of you?
2.19pm: Trent: ‘Are they really yours? There is blood flowing to a few interesting parts right now. I’m working at the moment. What sort of pics you looking for young lady’
2.22pm: MJ: Surprise me!
2.23pm: Trent: It will have to be later I’m out coaching at the minute. The boys would be surprised if I started taking photos… you got any more to get me through this last hour? Are you in Wales at the moment?
After an hour’s hiatus, Trent texted, ‘you’ve gone silent on me’, to which ‘M’ replied, ‘let’s chat when you’re not ‘coaching’.’
4.01pm: Trent: Yes, boss. Hard to concentrate though.
Presumably he tried to call ‘MJ’, who texted an hour after that, ‘don’t call me please I am not on my own’ but then the next morning, at 6.03 am, sent a photo of a topless woman wearing just underpants.
6.47am: Trent: when do I get to wake up next to that body?
He later texted MJ, saying ‘are you playing with yourself … you were amazing in the shower’ and praising her ‘amazing body’.