Tim Paine: Australia’s ex-captain takes “leave” from cricket after sex scandal | World news

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Australia’s Tim Paine is set to take a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future following a scandal over sexually explicit text messages.

Paine resigned as captain last week – with Ashes just a few weeks away – after revelations in the media, he had been investigated and cleared over the messages sent to a female former colleague at Cricket Tasmania 2017.

The gypsy guard was appointed in Australia’s squad for Ashes, which starts on December 8, and still had the support of his international teammates.

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The Australian cricket captain cries when he reveals that he is stepping down due to a sexting investigation.

But Paine has now decided to step out of the game indefinitely.

“After discussions over the last 24 hours, Tim Paine has informed Cricket Tasmania that he will take time off from all forms of cricket in the foreseeable future,” it said in a statement.

Paine’s manager, James Henderson, said he was concerned about his client’s well-being.

“Confirms that @ tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite break in mental health,” Henderson wrote on Twitter. “We are extremely concerned about his and Bonnie’s well-being and will not comment further at this time.”

Paine was substituted for Cricket Tasmania’s match against Western Australia on Friday.

“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally during the summer,” their statement added.

Tim Paine leaves the pitch after being sent off when he played for Australia.  Image: AP
Tim Paine leaves the pitch after being sent off when he played for Australia. Image: AP

Paine’s resignation and Cricket Australia’s handling of the scandal have sparked accusations, with Cricket Tasmania accusing the national body of hanging the gatekeeper out of action after clearing him of all misconduct in 2018.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday that players were also unhappy with Cricket Australia’s treatment of Paine.

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