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A love rat Aussie cricket coach has been sensationally caught out cheating on his wife during months long overseas tours – after leaving his laptop open.

Daily Mail Australia can reveal Trent Johnston, 48, a former first class bowler turned international coach, gave his wife the laptop so she could watch a cricket match while he went to the pub when it suddenly started pinging with WhatsApp messages.

It was then that a shocked Joanne Bell discovered her husband of 2.5 years had been cheating on her with other women while on cricket tours overseas.

 ‘We are done. Our marriage is over,’ she immediately texted Johnston.

The laptop revealed he had sex with a woman while on tour in Zimbabwe, and took another woman up to his hotel room during the Asia Cup tournaments in Dubai.  

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

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

Australian international cricket coach Trent Johnston (above bowling for Ireland against India in 2006) had text exchanges with women he met on tour which his wife later found

Australian international cricket coach Trent Johnston (above bowling for Ireland against India in 2006) had text exchanges with women he met on tour which his wife later found

Johnston and another coach – who cannot be named –  hooked up with two actress-models ‘A’ and ‘LM’ who spent time in their rooms at the Dubai Hilton in September this year.

Daily Mail Australia has obtained a series of racy texts between Johnston and the two women in Dubai, as well as a Zimbabwean women he slept with during ICC T20 World tournament tour in Bulawayo.

They also include texts and topless nude photos sent to him by a woman via the dating app Bumble while he was in training camp in Britain between the tours. 

In the Bumble exchange, Johnston tells the woman she was ‘amazing in the shower’. 

'You were amazing in the shower': international cricket coach Trent Johnston's text to a woman on the dating app Bumble while he was on training camp in Kent, UK

‘You were amazing in the shower’: international cricket coach Trent Johnston’s text to a woman on the dating app Bumble while he was on training camp in Kent, UK

 Johnston, a Wollongong-born former Sheffield Shield cricketer and Ireland international was coach of the Hong Kong side when he exchanged the messages with the women.

The sometimes explicit texts are interspersed with his comments about coaching the team on pre-tournament training in Kent, and on tour in Africa and the Middle East.   

The texts were revealed when he arrived back in Australia after the Dubai tour and his wife Joanne picked him up from the airport for a romantic reunion after months apart.

The couple stayed in hotels in Bondi, the Sydney CBD and then in Byron Bay where, four days into Trent’s homecoming, he went out for a drink at a Byron pub and left his laptop open in the hotel room.

He left the laptop open for his wife to watch a cricket match, but when the computer began pinging with WhatsApp messages, a curious Joanne began looking into it.

She discovered the text messages which revealed his sometimes erotic exchanges and meetings with women while on tour.

Ms Bell had been married for two-and-a-half years to Johnston, a former NSW fast bowler and batsman who had played international cricket for Ireland, which he captained, and  later coached the NSW Blues before becoming Hong Kong head coach in 2019. 

When Ms Bell found the text messages, she lined the dates up against her husband’s tour dates.

Johnston had been in Zimbabwe for the T20 qualifiers between July 11 and 17, in Britain in late July for a training camp, and then in Dubai in late August and early September. 

Trent Johnston (above in Kingston, Jamaica in 2007) forged a career as an international cricketer in Ireland where he captained the team and toured the world

Trent Johnston (above in Kingston, Jamaica in 2007) forged a career as an international cricketer in Ireland where he captained the team and toured the world 

Trent Johnson and Joanne Bell (above) married in 2019 but she now says their marriage is over after finding erotic texts he sent to other women

Trent Johnson and Joanne Bell (above) married in 2019 but she now says their marriage is over after finding erotic texts he sent to other women

Bumble dating app exchange between Trent Johnston and a woman 'MJ' while he was in training camp in Kent, UK with the team he coached, the international Hong Kong men's side

Bumble dating app exchange between Trent Johnston and a woman ‘MJ’ while he was in training camp in Kent, UK with the team he coached, the international Hong Kong men’s side

Adjusting the differences between Australian Eastern Standard Time and the UK, Zimbabwe and Dubai – which were at the time nine hours, eight hours and six hours respectively behind Sydney – Ms Bell found secret texts made by her husband to the women.

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During flirty exchanges with the African woman he spent the night with in Zimbabwe, Johnston had texted, ‘I have an itch for you to scratch young lady’.

Trent called two of the other women he exchanged messages with ‘young lady’ and repeated the term with the woman in Zimbabwe, who Daily Mail Australia shall only refer to as ‘M’.

All the names of the women who had contact with Trent Johnston on his cricket tour have been omitted to protect their identities.  

Trent complained to ‘M’ that he had got stuck with coaching duties around 2.15am before getting back to his room where she was.

The woman 'M', Trent Johnston spent a night with in Zimbabwe as his Hong Kong side competes in ICC T20 World tournament qualifying matches for a chance at playing in Australia

The woman ‘M’, Trent Johnston spent a night with in Zimbabwe as his Hong Kong side competes in ICC T20 World tournament qualifying matches for a chance at playing in Australia

The cricketer said in a text 'I have an itch for you to scratch young lady'

Texts between Trent Johnston and 'M' in Zimbabwe talk about sleeping nude in bed

Texts between Trent Johnston and ‘M’ in Zimbabwe talk about sleeping nude in bed, and the cricketer saying ‘I have an itch for you to scratch young lady’. The times of the texts are in AEST, eight hours ahead of Zimbabwe

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.

Trent replied, ‘I have an itch for you to scratch young lady’. 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.

Trent replied, ‘Lucky sheets. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t’, M then texted ‘I promise I won’t’ and Trent replied, ‘I promise I will’.

The teams playing in Zimbabwe at the World Cup Qualifier ‘B’ tournament were all vying for a spot to play in the A division of T20 in Australia which starts on October 16 and runs to mid-November. 

Bumble messages on the dating app between Trent Johnson and a person sending semi-nude images of women to the cricketer in late July as he trained with his Hong Kong side

Bumble messages on the dating app between Trent Johnson and a person sending semi-nude images of women to the cricketer in late July as he trained with his Hong Kong side

Joanne Bell was aghast when the laptop left open by her husband during their romantic reunion began pinging and she found dozens of WhatsApp texts between him and women while on tour

Joanne Bell was aghast when the laptop left open by her husband during their romantic reunion began pinging and she found dozens of WhatsApp texts between him and women while on tour

Johnston’s Hong Kong team won only one out of two qualifying games and didn’t advance to the semi-finals in a tournament which was ultimately won by Zimbabwe.

The woman ‘M’ Trent met in Zimbabwe had a rude awakening two months later when Joanne messaged her with a copy of one of the texts Trent had sent her after their ‘unforgettable’ night together.

M told Joanne that Trent had told her that ‘he was divorced and had been for a while’, adding ‘I am not a prostitute. I don’t want or have anything to do with your husband ma’am’.

Ms Bell persisted, asking ‘how many times did you have sex’ which M replied it had only been ‘once’; asked if Trent ‘wore a condom’, M said ‘Yes he did’.

Trent Johnston (above in 2010 with then Australian captain Ricky Ponting in Dublin) played for NSW but only began his international career after moving to Ireland, which he captained

Trent Johnston (above in 2010 with then Australian captain Ricky Ponting in Dublin) played for NSW but only began his international career after moving to Ireland, which he captained

After leaving Africa, Hong Kong’s international men’s side took part in a training camp  in Beckenham, England between July 18 and August 2.

The stay included two ‘friendly’ One Day International matches against the Kent Representative XI and the Kent Second XI teams on July 25 and 27, both of which Hong Kong lost.

Between July 22 and 24, a text exchange between a woman, ‘MJ’ and Johnston on Bumble included images sent to the cricketer of a woman’s naked breasts.

He responded by asking when he ‘can see those live’ and  says the photos have got his ‘blood flowing’.

When ‘MJ’ asks Johnston for a photo, he replies that he is ‘out coaching’ and that ‘the boys would be surprised if I started taking photos’.     

Bumble dating app exchange July 22 – 24  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’

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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’. 

Image of topless woman send on dating app Bumble to cricketer Trent Johnston in late July as he was preparing for two 'friendly' matches during a training camp

Image of topless woman send on dating app Bumble to cricketer Trent Johnston in late July as he was preparing for two ‘friendly’ matches during a training camp

 

In August and September this year, Johnston and the Hong Kong side flew to Dubai for international cricket’s Asia Cup 2022, hosted by the United Arab Emirates.

Hong Kong had finished unbeaten in the Asia Cup qualifiers in Al Amerat, Oman between August 21 and 25, beating Singapore, Kuwait and the UAE.

These victories allowed the Hong Kong side to qualify for the Asia Cup and go into battle against cricket giants, Pakistan and India.

In Dubai, Johnston stayed at the Al Habtoor City hotel, one of 23 Hiltons in the city, which has six restaurants and four outdoor pools.

Two matches loomed, against India on September 1, and Pakistan on September 3.

The evening before the India match,  Johnston exchanged messages with a woman, ‘A’, who the texts indicate he spirited up to his room sometime after midnight.

Back in Australia, Joanne Bell had received a text from her husband saying he’d ‘had a really heavy day and is going to bed’.

Texts around 8.30 the next morning indicate ‘A’ shared a bed with Trent but that he had found it ‘disappointing things didn’t progress’.

Trent Johnson (above) after colliding with Mohammad Shahzad during the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier final between Ireland and Afghanistan in 2012

Trent Johnson (above) after colliding with Mohammad Shahzad during the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier final between Ireland and Afghanistan in 2012

When ‘A’ asked what was disappointing, Johnston replied, ‘I should not have to spell it out. We are both adults’.

He then added, ‘just say you are not interested and don’t use me as a bed’ and texts, ‘Listen enjoy your life in Dubai. I truly hope it goes well.’

But then at about 10am, he relented and texted, ‘I’ve just walked into the bathroom and I can smell you, you smell very nice’ and she replied, ‘Mhmm’.

When he asked, ‘you coming back for lunch?’, she replied, ‘I have invitation?’ and he responded at 4.35pm, ‘I’m still in bed and I won’t be moving from here’.

But ‘A’ then said she had work to do at her ‘detox and slimming’ salon and wouldn’t be coming for ‘lunch’ and suggested she had left ‘my underwear’ in Johnston’s room.

Johnston replied that there is ‘no underwear here’ and ‘no need to message again’.

Around the same time, another Dubai woman ‘LM’  texted Johnston saying that ‘A’ had forwarded his phone number and that she instead can join him for lunch.

Text exchange between Trent Johnston and a woman 'A' who has spent the night in his bed but disappointed the cricketer as 'things didn't progress', but  he tells her she 'smells very good'

Text exchange between Trent Johnston and a woman ‘A’ who has spent the night in his bed but disappointed the cricketer as ‘things didn’t progress’, but  he tells her she ‘smells very good’

LM had spent the evening with another cricket coach of a side competing in Dubai, but Johnston replied, ‘I don’t think so. I spent enough money last night for nothing’.

When LM said that A ‘told me you would love to have lunch in a beautiful company’ with a red-dress dancing woman emoji that signified a person is ‘ready to party’, he replied ‘Nice to meet you last night. Stay safe’.

LM responded with a red lipstick kiss image and asked, ‘tell me what you like’; Johnson responded, ‘I’m not paying for anything. I don’t know what you mean or where this is going’.

When she sent a heart hands emoji, he suggested she message the other cricket coach because she had chosen him the previous evening, then sent his last text at 9.21pm.

That evening, Johnston’s team played India in a night match at Dubai International Stadium and lost by 40 runs.

Two days later, on September 3, Hong Kong played against Pakistan, and again won the toss but elected to field rather than bowl, and registered its lowest score in T20 Internationals.

Pakistan smashed Trent Johnston’s side, with a record-breaking score to win by 155 runs, its largest margin.

Johnston flew back to Sydney the next day and was warmly greeted by Joanne Bell, his second wife, the couple having married in 2019, in Hong Kong.

Their intended five-day reunion ended when he went out for a beer on day four. Texting Joanne at 5.41pm that day, he asked ‘what time do you want to eat babe?’

When Joanne Bell challenged her husband Trent Johnston (above, as Ireland international captain) he told her he had only shared drinks with two women in Dubai and that there was no sex

When Joanne Bell challenged her husband Trent Johnston (above, as Ireland international captain) he told her he had only shared drinks with two women in Dubai and that there was no sex

Trent Johnston and Joanne Bell on their wedding day, but Ms Bell has now taken out an AVO against her husband after she found erotic texts between him  and other women on his laptop

Trent Johnston and Joanne Bell on their wedding day, but Ms Bell has now taken out an AVO against her husband after she found erotic texts between him  and other women on his laptop 

Joanne responded, ‘We are done. Our marriage is over. Please do not come back here.’

After Ms Bell locked out Johnston, he sent her texts proclaiming his innocence as far as being with other women went, saying about Dubai that ‘I had a few beers with those girls, yes they went back to (the other cricket coach’s) room.

‘I did not f***, kiss or do anything with that woman.’

On September 9, Joanne Bell obtained an interim Apprehended Violence Order against Trent Johnston from Tweed/Byron police, which is listed for mention in Byron Bay Local Court on October 17.

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting that Trent Johnston has acted in a manner that warrants an AVO being taken out against him.

In a phone conversation with Daily Mail Australia, Johnston said he did not want to comment on his wife’s allegations and said  ‘I am going probably to be talking with my lawyers first’.

A subsequent letter received by Daily Mail Australia from his lawyer, Thos Hodgson, stated his client ‘shall not respond’.  

TRENT JOHNSTON’S CRICKETING CAREER

 1995: Johnston first played club cricket in Ireland in 1995 and met his first wife Vanessa, with whom he had two children.

1999: First class debut as a batsman and fast bowler for NSW, in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in which Johnston and Brett Lee opened the bowling.

2000: After breaking his arm in that debut match, Johnson’s career stalled but he played Pura Cup for NSW.

2004: International debut playing for Ireland. He would go on to play 67 ODIs, 33 first-class and 30 T20I matches for Ireland.

2005: Became captain of the Ireland side.

2014: He returned to Australia to coach the NSW Blues and Sydney Sixers and remained as coach for three years.

2019: Was appointed by Cricket Hong Kong as head coach. Married his second wife, Joanne Bell, in November.

2021: Toured Zimbabwe with his Hong Kong side for the World T20 qualifiers, entered a training camp in Kent, UK and competed at the Asia Cup in Dubai.

Trent Johnson’s career began playing Sheffield Shield for NSW, but he only made his international debut after moving to Ireland, where he captained the side

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