‘Extremely concerned’: Tim Paine takes leave of absence from all cricket

‘Extremely concerned’: Tim Paine takes leave of absence from all cricket

Tim Paine will take an indefinite leave of absence from all cricket “for the foreseeable future”, throwing into serious doubt his availability for both the Ashes and his future in the international game. Less than two weeks before the start of Australia’s series defence against England, Paine’s manager announced he would take a “mental health break” in the wake of the text message scandal which prompted the veteran wicket-keeper batsman to stand down as Australian Test captain last Friday. The news, which could mean Paine has worn the baggy green for the last time, comes as Cricket Australia prepare to announce a new captain, with Pat Cummins the expected pick and Steve Smith widely expected to deputise. “Confirming that @tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health …
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