Tim Payne: Former Australia captain takes ‘vacation’ from cricket | cricket news

Tim Payne stepped down as captain for Australia last week but was named to the Ashes team ahead of the series starting December 8 at Gabba; Tasmanian cricket team says Bain will “take a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future”

Last update: 11/26/21 12:12 AM

Tim Payne stepped down as Australia captain last week

Tim Payne stepped down as Australia captain last week

Australian Tim Payne is taking time off from all forms of cricket for “the foreseeable future”, with the Ashes only two weeks away.

step down between as captain last Friday after it was revealed by the media that he had been investigated and acquitted over sexually explicit text messages sent to a former teammate of Tasmanian cricket in 2017.

The widget keeper has been named to Australia’s squad for the Ashes, which begins on December 8, and continues to have the support of his international teammates.

But Payne has now decided to stay away from the game for an indefinite period.

“Following discussions over the past 24 hours, Tim Payne has advised Tasmanian cricket that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future,” a statement read.

Paine’s manager, James Henderson, said he is concerned about his client’s well-being.

“Confirmation @tdpaine36 is staying away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break,” Henderson posted on Twitter. “We are very concerned about his well-being and that of Bonnie and will not make any further comment at this time.”

Emotional Tim Payne explained his decision to step down as Australia's Test captain just three weeks before The Ashes, after a text exchange with a former teammate was announced.

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Emotional Tim Payne explained his decision to step down as Australia’s Test captain just three weeks before The Ashes, after a text exchange with a former teammate was announced.

Emotional Tim Payne explained his decision to step down as Australia’s Test captain just three weeks before The Ashes, after a text exchange with a former teammate was announced.

Payne was substituted in the Tasmanian cricket match against Western Australia on Friday.

“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally during the summer,” their statement added.

Australia player Nathan Lyon says Pine has

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Australia player Nathan Lyon says Payne has his “full support” and wants him to play in the upcoming Ashes series

Australia player Nathan Lyon says Payne has his “full support” and wants him to play in the upcoming Ashes series

Payne’s resignation and Australia’s cricket team’s handling of the scandal have triggered mutual accusations, with Tasmanian cricket accusing the national body of hanging a wicket-keeper outside to dry after acquitting him of any wrongdoing in 2018.

Sydney Morning Herald On Wednesday it reported that players were also unhappy with Cricket Australia’s treatment of Bean.

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