Australia’s Paine takes ‘indefinite psychological well being break’ – supervisor

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MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Tim Paine is stepping away from cricket for an “indefinite mental health break”, his supervisor stated on Friday, leaving Australia’s Ashes preparations in disarray every week after the wicketkeeper’s resignation from the captaincy.

Paine was on account of play for Tasmania in a home one-day match in Hobart on Friday within the lead as much as the primary Ashes take a look at in Brisbane on Dec. 8, however might be unavailable for the “foreseeable future”, the state’s cricket affiliation stated.

“Confirming that @tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break,” Paine’s supervisor James Henderson wrote in a social media submit.

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“We are extremely concerned for his and (wife) Bonnie’s well-being and will be making no further comment at this time.”

Speculation over Paine’s place within the take a look at crew has been rife since his resignation over revelations that he was investigated for sending sexually express textual content messages to a feminine former Cricket Tasmania (CT) staffer 4 years in the past. learn extra

Paine, who married Bonnie in 2016 and has childrenwith her, was cleared after a 2018 probe by CT and nationwide board Cricket Australia (CA) however stepped down final Friday, saying he didn’t need his captaincy to be a distraction through the Ashes.

He stated he would stay accessible for choice, although selectors chairman George Bailey confirmed Paine was no lock for the Ashes whereas getting back from neck surgical procedure.

Bailey additionally stated he would recuse himself from the choice to pick out Paine, an in depth good friend and enterprise companion, if there was competition on the choice panel. learn extra

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley stated Paine had suggested the board of his choice to step away from the sport.

“We recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for Tim and his family and are committed to supporting them,” Hockley stated in an announcement.

“We respect and understand Tim’s decision to have a break at this time to focus on his and his family’s well-being.”

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting stated this week that Paine’s choice towards England would nonetheless show distracting for the crew.

Paine’s crew mates, together with spinner Nathan Lyon, stated they hoped he would stay within the aspect.

Paine, who was the one specialist wicketkeeper named in Australia’s 15-man Ashes squad, is probably going to get replaced by skilled white ball wicketkeeper Alex Carey or Josh Inglis, each of whom have been named within the current Australia ‘A’ squad.

Relinquishing his place might spell the top of 36-year-old Paine’s worldwide profession after 35 exams.

His resignation from the captaincy triggered acrimony between Cricket Tasmania and CA, with the statefederation accusing the nationwide board of hanging Paine out to dry. learn extra

CA chairman Richard Freudenstein stated final week his present board wouldn’t have endorsed Paine as captain if introduced with the identical circumstances because the earlier board in 2018.

Australia are anticipated to call quick bowler Pat Cummins as captain in coming days.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Ed Osmond, Michael Perry, Peter Rutherford
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