Tim Paine stood down as Australia’s captain last week but had been named in the Ashes squad ahead of the series which starts on December 8 at the Gabba; Cricket Tasmania say Paine “will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future”
Last Updated: 25/11/21 11:34pm
Australia’s Tim Paine is taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for ‘the foreseeable future’, with the Ashes just two weeks away.
Paine stood down as captain last Friday after media revelations he had been investigated and cleared over sexually explicit text messages sent to a female former colleague at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.
The wicketkeeper was named in Australia’s squad for the Ashes, which start on December 8, and still had the backing of his international team-mates.
But Paine has now decided to step away from the game for an indefinite period.
“Following discussions over the last 24 hours, Tim Paine has advised Cricket Tasmania that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future,” a statement said.
An emotional Tim Paine explained his decision to stand down as Australia Test captain just three weeks before The Ashes, after a text exchange with a former colleague was made public.
Paine was replaced 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,” the statement added.
Paine’s resignation and Cricket Australia’s handling of the scandal have triggered recriminations, with Cricket Tasmania accusing the national body of hanging the wicketkeeper out to dry having cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2018.
The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday reported players were also unhappy with Cricket Australia’s treatment of Paine.