‘Extremely concerned’: Tim Paine takes leave of absence from all cricket

Tim Paine will take a leave of absence from all cricket “for the foreseeable future” only 12 days out from the start of the Ashes series.

A week after Paine stepped down as Australian Test captain his manager, James Henderson, said he is “extremely concerned” for the wellbeing of Paine and his wife, Bonnie, after details of a text message scandal became public.

“Confirming that @tdpaine36 is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break,” Henderson posted on Twitter. “We are extremely concerned for his and Bonnie’s wellbeing and will be making no further comment at this time.”

Cricket Tasmania confirmed the 36-year-old will step away from the game.

“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,” a statement on Friday morning read.

“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.”

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