Australia’s Paine takes indefinite ‘mental health break’

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Cricket – Ashes 2019 – Fifth Take a look at – England v Australia – Kia Oval, London, Britain – September 12, 2019 Australia’s Tim Paine Motion Photographs through Reuters/Andrew Boyers

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MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Tim Paine has stepped away from cricket for an “indefinite psychological well being 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.

Hypothesis over Paine’s place within the check group 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 psychological well being break,” Paine’s supervisor James Henderson wrote in a social media publish.

“We’re extraordinarily involved for his and (spouse) Bonnie’s well-being and will probably be making no additional remark at the moment.”

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.

Information of Paine’s break from cricket overshadowed the affirmation of Cummins because the check group’s forty seventh captain and Steve Smith as vice-captain. learn extra

Quick bowler Cummins spoke to Paine early on Friday and advised reporters it was too quickly to take a position whether or not he is likely to be seen in check whites once more, not to mention characteristic within the Ashes.

“Chatting to him, he is pondering a few days at a time,” Cummins mentioned in a video convention from the group lodge on the Gold Coast.

“We’ll give him as a lot time as wanted. We’d completely welcome him again into the group however in the intervening time, that is clearly not entrance and centre for him.”

‘DIFFICULT TIME’

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

“We respect and perceive Tim’s resolution to have a break at the moment to give attention to his and his household’s well-being,” Hockley mentioned in an announcement.

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

Nonetheless, Paine’s group 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 exams.

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

Matthew Wade additionally has expertise as a check wicketkeeper however final featured as a center order batsman within the 2-1 collection 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 introduced with the identical circumstances because the earlier one in 2018.

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

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