Days earlier than Ashes, Paine shocker as he decides to step away from cricket indefinitely – Sydney News

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Curiously, Paine, who had made himself obtainable for choice within the squad for the Ashes sequence starting on the Gabba on December 8 and had performed a video games for Tasmania Second XI to get some priceless match follow forward of the sequence in opposition to the Joe Root-led England, has made the surprising announcement 12 days earlier than the conflict in opposition to the arch-rivals.

Paine’s supervisor, James Henderson, tweeted early on Friday, “Confirming that @tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break. We are extremely concerned for his and Bonnie’s (Paine’s wife) well-being and will be making no further comment at this time.”

Paine has not given a agency determination on when he plans to return to taking part in. The Cricket Australia (CA) choice committee’s speedy activity is to search for a wicketkeeper who will match into Paine’s footwear with lower than two weeks left for the Gabba Test.

Some former Australian cricketers have thrown their weight behind Alex Carey and Josh Inglis, and the duo has been named within the Australia A squad that may assemble in Brisbane this weekend. CA selectors will probably be watching their type carefully throughout Australia’s intra-squad follow video games subsequent week.

Paine was progressing nicely following the invasive neck surgical procedure he underwent in September and performed his first sport in three months representing Tasmania’s Second XI. He had additionally been named to play a Marsh One-Day Cup sport for the Tigers on Friday the place he was set to maintain wicket and bat at No.3.

The 37-year-old would then have flown to Queensland on Saturday to hitch the Australian squad, stories cricket.com.au. “But in a shock statement this morning, Cricket Tasmania confirmed the 36-year-old would instead be stepping away from the game,” mentioned the web site.

“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,” Cricket Tasmania’s assertion learn.

“Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia. His place in the squad will be taken by Charlie Wakim. Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer.”

Former Test skipper Ricky Ponting had mentioned earlier this week that the fallout from the sexting scandal “would be disruptive as long as Paine remained in the Ashes squad”.

“I think inevitably it will (be a distraction),” Ponting informed cricket.com.au. “Yes, he’s made a huge call for himself, for Australian cricket and for the betterment of the Australian cricket team. But it’s not going to go away.”

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