‘Extremely Concerned’: Tim Paine Takes Leave From All Cricket | Australian cricket team
Tim Paine will take indefinite leave from all cricket “for the foreseeable future”, which comes into serious doubt about his availability to the ashes and his future in the international game.
Less than two weeks before the start of Australia’s series defense against England, Paine’s coach announced that the 36-year-old would take a “mental break” in the wake of the texting scandal that prompted veteran wicketkeeper-batsman to resign as Australia’s Test captain in Friday.
The news, which may mean Paine has worn the baggy green for the last time, comes as Cricket Australia prepares to announce a new captain, with Pat Cummins the expected choice and Steve Smith largely expected to become deputy.
“Confirms that @ tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite break in mental health,” James Henderson wrote on Twitter. “We are extremely concerned about his and Bonnie’s well-being and will not comment further at this time.”
Paine clarified last week that he remained available for the Ashes selection, indicating his desire to end his Test career on “the ultimate highlight” of an Australian league defense at home, which begins in Brisbane on 8 December.
He had been called up and set to strike at the first drop in Tasmania’s one-dayer against Western Australia on Friday, giving him a chance to play five days in a row cricket after a low-key return via the state’s second XI. after a neck operation in September. But Cricket Tasmania confirmed on Friday that the 36-year-old will step out of the game.
“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,” Cricket Tasmania said in a statement.
“Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia. His place in the squad is taken over by Charlie Wakim. Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer. “
Speculation about Paine’s place in the Australian Test team has been widespread since his resignation following revelations that he had been investigated for sending sexual text messages to a female former Cricket Tasmania employee four years ago. While cleared of the investigation in 2018, he said last Friday that he did not want the controversy to be a distraction under the ashes. The news of his omission from the test team means Alex Carey and Josh Inglis are likely to fight for his place behind the stumps.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said this week that Paine’s choice would still be distracting for the team. But The teammates had hoped he would stay in the side, where Nathan Lyon called him “the world’s best goalkeeper”.
“This is very selfish – from a bowler’s point of view, I want the best glove man behind the stumps,” the off-spinner said Thursday. “Every bowler’s relationship with the goalkeeper is unique. Tim Paine is a very lovable guy and very respected.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve speaking on behalf of every bowler that we want the best goalkeeper. He has my full support and I guarantee 100% that he has the full support of the Australian locker room.”