Tim Paine Takes A Leave Of Absence From All Forms Of Cricket After Resigning As Skipper Ahead Of Ashes 2021/22
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Tim Paine Takes A Leave Of Absence From All Forms Of Cricket After Resigning As Skipper Ahead Of Ashes 2021/22

Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

Tim Paine, the former Australia Test skipper has taken a “leave of absence from all forms of cricket” following his resignation as captain for the side ahead of the Ashes 2021/22.

Tim Paine had announced his resignation last week following a ‘sexting scandal’ with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. Cricket Tasmania on Friday released a statement on Tim Paine’s absence from the Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia.

Tim Paine takes leave of absence from all forms of cricket  |  Photo Credit: AP
Tim Paine takes leave of absence from all forms of cricket  |  Photo Credit: AP

Tim Paine Takes A Leave Of Absence From All Forms Of Cricket For The Foreseeable Future: Cricket Tasmania Statement

Former Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has taken a “leave of absence from all forms of cricket” following his resignation as captain for the side ahead of the Ashes.

“Following discussions over the last 24 hours,  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 said in a statement.

Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au
Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au

“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,” it added.

England and Australia will lock horns in the five-match Ashes, beginning December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane. Tim Paine’s mental health break means he will unavailable at least for the first game of Ashes. Matthew Wade, Josh Inglis, and Alex Carey are the candidates to replace Tim Paine.

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Last week, Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Richard Freudenstein pointed out that he cannot speak about what happened in 2018 but if it would have had happened in 2021, the governing body would not have made the same decision on Tim Paine.

Steve Smith and Pat Cummins
Steve Smith and Pat Cummins

Tim Paine has led his country to 11 wins, four draws, and eight defeats. Under his leadership, Australia had retained the Ashes and won 11 of 23 matches but had lost two successive home Test series to India. He had scored 1534 runs in 35 Tests averaging 32.64 with 9 fifties but is yet to score a ton although he has 150 catches and 7 stumpings besides his name.

Australia named paceman Pat Cummins as their Test cricket captain and Steve Smith as vice-captain Friday after a sexting scandal led Tim Paine to resign last week, just ahead of the Ashes. Pat Cummins becomes the 47th captain of the Australian men’s Test team while Steve Smith returns to a key leadership role, having been forced to stand down as skipper for his part in the “Sandpaper-gate” ball-tampering scandal of 2018.

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