Former Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has taken an indefinite leave of absence from all forms of cricket.
“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 will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer,” Cricket Tasmania said in a statement on Friday (November 26).
“We recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for Tim and his family and are committed 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,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer, said. “The National Selection Panel will meet in the coming days to discuss the final squad ahead of the first Ashes Test on December 8.”
“Confirming that (Paine) 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 tweeted.