Paine to take break from cricket ‘for foreseeable future’

Tim Paine announces he has stepped down as Australia Test captain

Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine is set to miss the upcoming Ashes series against England after announcing he is to take an immediate break from all forms of cricket.

In a statement, Cricket Tasmania said Paine, 36, had advised them that he was taking a leave of absence “for the foreseeable future”.

The state association added that it “will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer.”

Paine sent messages to a co-worker at Cricket Tasmania in November 2017, leading to a misconduct investigation after she made allegations against him in 2018.

He said he was “exonerated”, with Cricket Australia (CA) clearing him of any breach of their code of conduct at the time and Cricket Tasmania deciding “no further action was required or appropriate”.

However, after learning the texts were set to be revealed publicly, Paine stepped down in a tearful press conference in Hobart, saying his actions did not meet the “standard of an Australian cricket captain, or the wider community”.

More to follow.