Australia’s Tim Paine is due to take leave from all forms of cricket in the “foreseeable future” following a scandal over sexually explicit text messages.
Paine resigned as captain last week – with Ashes just a few weeks away – after media revelations, he had been investigated and cleared over the messages sent to a female former colleague at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.
The gickkeeper was named in Australia’s squad for the Ashes, which starts on December 8, and still had the backing of his international teammates.
But Paine has now decided to step out of the game indefinitely.
“After discussions over the last 24 hours, Tim Paine has informed Cricket Tasmania that he will take leave from all forms of cricket in the foreseeable future,” it said in a statement.
Paine’s manager, James Henderson, said he was concerned about his client’s well-being.
“Confirms that @ tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite break in mental health,” Henderson wrote on Twitter. “We are extremely concerned about his and Bonnie’s well-being and will not comment further at this time.”
Paine was substituted for Cricket Tasmania’s match against Western Australia on Friday.
“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer,” their statement added.
Paine’s resignation and Cricket Australia’s handling of the scandal have sparked accusations in which Cricket Tasmania accuses the national body of hanging the wicketkeeper out to dry after clearing him of any offense in 2018.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday that players were also unhappy with Cricket Australia’s treatment of Paine.