Paine informed Cricket Australia on November 26 that he would be "moving away from cricket for a period of time," and that he will be replaced by fast bowler Pat Cummins."



Tim Paine, the former Australia test captain, will miss the first Ashes test and will take an extended mental health break from cricket.



Paine resigned as captain this week, following 'sexting scandal' allegations of an incident involving the sending of improper texts to a female coworker in 2017.


Paine informed Cricket Australia on November 26 that he would be "moving away from cricket for a period of time," and that he will be replaced by fast bowler Pat Cummins."


In a statement, Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley stated, "We appreciate that this is an extraordinarily difficult moment for Tim and his family and are dedicated to helping them." "We accept Tim's choice and understand why he made it.”


Paine's colleagues hoped he'd be able to play when Australia's five-test series against England began in Brisbane on December 8 – his 37th birthday. The veteran was supposed to join the test squad this weekend as of November 25.


After a low-key comeback via the state's second XI, Paine was called up and slated to bat in Tasmania's one-day encounter against Western Australia on November 26, providing him an opportunity to play five days of cricket in a row.


However, Cricket Tasmania (CT) announced on November 26 that Paine would not be joining the team.


"Tim Paine has notified Cricket Tasmania that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future," CT announced in a statement. "Over the summer, Cricket Tasmania will continue to assist Tim and his family professionally and personally.”


Alex Carey or Josh Inglis are the most likely wicketkeeper replacements for Paine in the test lineup.


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