Former Australian skipper Tim Paine has made the shock decision to take an indefinite break from all forms of cricket.
Just 12 days out from the First Test at the Gabba, Paine’s manager James Henderson confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday morning.
He admitted he was “extremely concerned” for the wellbeing of Paine and his wife, Bonnie, after details of a sexting scandal became public a week ago.
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“Confirming that @tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break. We are extremely concerned for his and Bonnie’s well-being and will be making no further comment at this time,” Henderson said on Twitter.
Cricket Tasmania also released a statement confirming Paine will not be taking part in today’s Marsh One-Day Cup against Western Australia.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Confirming that @tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break. We are extremely concerned for his and Bonnie’s well-being and will be making no further comment at this time.
— James Henderson (@jahenderson63) November 25, 2021