Tim Paine: Australia’s former captain takes an immediate break from the match

Former Australian Test captain Tim Paine will miss the Ashes series against England after announcing he will take an immediate break from cricket.

In a statement, Cricket Tasmania said Paine, 36, had informed them that he was taking leave “for the foreseeable future”.

It added that it “will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally during the summer”.

The fastballer Pat Cummins Paine succeeded Australia’s Test captain on Friday, with striker Steve Smith promoted to vice-captain.

Earlier this week, federal president Andrew Gaggin said Paine’s treatment of Cricket Australia had been “scary.”

Paines manager James Henderson wrote on Twitterexternal link that the player took “an indefinite break in mental health”.

He added: “We are extremely concerned about his and [wife] Bonnie’s well-being and will not comment further at this time. “

Paine sent messages to an employee at Cricket Tasmania in November 2017, which led to an investigation into misconduct after she filed charges against him in 2018.

He said he was “acquitted”, with Cricket Australia (CA) clearing him of all breaches of their code of conduct at the time and Cricket Tasmania decided that “no further action was necessary or appropriate”.

But after learning that the lyrics would be revealed in public, Paine dropped out at a tearful press conference in Hobart, saying his actions did not meet “the standards of an Australian cricket captain or the wider community”.

The first test against England will start on December 8 in Brisbane.

Paine was named test captain after Steve Smith was banned for a year for his part in aa ball manipulation scandal and tried to cover up during a series against South Africa in March 2018.

He led Australia in 23 Tests, won 11, lost eight and drew four, but during his tenure Australia retained Ashes 2019 with a 2-2 draw, becoming the first Australian team to retain the urn in England since 2001.

But they were also beaten at home by India both 2018-19 and earlier this year, with the recent series of Australia’s first Test defeat at Gabba in Brisbane since 1988.

Paine also apologized for his behavior in the draw third Test against India in Sydney in January, after driving spinner Ravichandran Ashwin with a sledge and fined 15% of his match fee for showing dissent and swearing at referee Paul Wilson.

Earlier this week, spinner Nathan Lyon and batter Marcus Harris both said Paine had the team’s “full support”.

“Voters said they would choose the best available XI,” Lyon said. “In my eyes, Tim Paine is the best goalkeeper in the world.”

Paine’s absence may open the door to Inglis analysis

Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport

One week ago, Tim Paine built up to probably the proudest moment of his career – leading his country in a home series about Ashes. Now his international career seems to be over.

Although there should rightly be concerns for Paine and his family, the fact remains that Ashes will begin in less than two weeks.

Australia is now looking not only for a new captain, but also a wicketkeeper. Will they be destabilized or galvanized?

It could be a test debut for Josh Inglis, one of two glove men on the Australia A side along with Alex Carey.

In another world, Inglis can play for England. Born in Leeds, his family moved to Australia when he was a teenager. As recently as 2017, he admitted that he supported England over the Aussies.

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