Former Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine has announced today that he will step down from all forms of cricket.
In a brief statement issued by Cricket Tasmania, it was announced that the 36-year-old would “take leave from all forms of cricket in the foreseeable future.”
“Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia,” the statement read.
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“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer.”
All forms of cricket will of course include the opening of the Ashes Test, which is set to start at Gabba in less than two weeks.
His manager, James Henderson, confirmed the news, saying there would be no further comment.
“[He] going away from cricket to get a break in mental health indefinitely, “Henderson wrote on Twitter.
“We are extremely concerned about his and Bonnie’s well-being and will not comment further at this time.”
The main candidates to replace Paine as the new goalkeeper are Alex Carey, Josh Inglis and Jimmy Peirson – two of whom are previously in the extended Australian A squad.
The announcement comes a week after Paine’s bomb resignation as captain, following the leak of sexually explicit text messages exchanged with a former colleague back in 2017.
Although Paine at the time said he would remain on the team as a player despite giving up the lead, that decision has been reversed.
He insisted he did not want to be a distraction going forward, but given that the center of every player’s press conference had since been centered around Paine-related issues, not to mention the Barmy Army, which already wrote songs about the scandal, it was clear that was not the case.
Australia is expected to announce a new test captain later today.
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