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Australia’s Paine takes indefinite ‘psychological health break’

MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Tim Paine has stepped away from cricket for an “indefinite mental health break”, leaving Australia’s Ashes preparations up within the air per week after the wicketkeeper’sresignation from the captaincy.

Paine, changed as captain by Pat Cummins on Friday, was on account of play for Tasmania in a home match in Hobart within the lead upto the Ashes opener in Brisbane on Dec. 8, however is now unavailable for the “foreseeable future”, the state’s cricket affiliation mentioned.

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

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

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

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 in the course of the Ashes.

News of Paine’s break from cricket overshadowed the affirmation of Cummins because the take a look at staff’s forty seventh captain and Steve Smith as vice-captain. learn extra

Fast bowler Cummins spoke to Paine early on Friday and instructed reporters it was too quickly to invest whether or not he is likely to be seen in take a look at whites once more, not to mention characteristic within the Ashes.

“Chatting to him, he’s thinking a couple of days at a time,” Cummins mentioned in a video convention from the staff lodge on the Gold Coast.

“We’ll give him as much time as needed. We would absolutely welcome him back into the team but at the moment, that’s obviously not front and centre for him.”

‘DIFFICULT TIME’

CA boss Nick Hockley mentioned it was “an incredibly difficult time for Tim and his family” and the board had been dedicated to supporting them.

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

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting mentioned this week that Paine’s choice towards England would nonetheless be a distraction for the staff, even with out the captaincy.

However, Paine’s staff mates threw their help behind him and mentioned they hoped he would stay within the facet.

Paine was the one specialist wicketkeeper named in Australia’s 15-man squad for the primary two Ashes checks.

Experienced white ball wicketkeeper Alex Carey andWestern Australia’s Josh Inglis, each of whom had been named within the current Australia ‘A’ squad, are seen as potential replacements.

Matthew Wade additionally has expertise as a take a look at wicketkeeper however final featured as a center order batsman within the 2-1 sequence defeat by India.

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

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

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

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