Tim Paine: Former Australian captain takes ‘leave’ from cricket | Cricket news

Tim Paine resigned as Australia’s captain last week, but had been appointed to the Ashes squad ahead of the series, which starts on December 8 at Gabba; Cricket Tasmania says Paine “will take leave from all forms of cricket in the foreseeable future”

Last updated: 25/11/21 23:49

Tim Paine resigned as Australia's captain last week

Tim Paine resigned as Australia’s captain last week

Australia’s Tim Paine is taking leave from all forms of cricket in the ‘foreseeable future’, with Ashes just two weeks away.

Paine resigned as captain last Friday after media revelations that he had been examined and cleared of sexually explicit text messages sent to a female former colleague at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.

The gickkeeper was named in Australia’s squad for the Ashes, which starts on December 8, and still had the backing of his international teammates.

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 leave 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.”

An emotional Tim Paine explained his decision to step down as Australia's Test captain just three weeks before The Ashes, following the publication of a text exchange with a former colleague.

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An emotional Tim Paine explained his decision to step down as Australia’s Test captain just three weeks before The Ashes, following the publication of a text exchange with a former colleague.

An emotional Tim Paine explained his decision to step down as Australia’s Test captain just three weeks before The Ashes, following the publication of a text exchange with a former colleague.

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 over the summer,” their statement added.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon says Paine has his 'full support' and wants him to play in the upcoming Ashes series

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Australian spinner Nathan Lyon says Paine has his ‘full support’ and wants him to play in the upcoming Ashes series

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon says Paine has his ‘full support’ and wants him to play in the upcoming Ashes series

Paine’s resignation and Cricket Australia’s handling of the scandal have sparked accusations in which Cricket Tasmania accuses the national body of hanging the wicketkeeper out to dry after clearing him of any offense in 2018.

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

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