After leaving the captaincy of Australia, now Tim Paine announced to take a break from cricket

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Highlights

  • Former Australia captain Tim Paine has announced an indefinite break from cricket
  • Tim Paine has taken an indefinite break due to mental health reasons
  • Pat Cummins has been named the captain of Australia in place of Tim Paine.

Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine has taken an indefinite break from cricket due to mental health reasons, which will prevent him from playing the first Ashes Test. Earlier in 2017, Paine had relinquished the Test captaincy after a case of sending obscene messages to a female colleague came to light.

Cricket Australia said on Friday that Paine has told him that he will stay away from cricket for some time. Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hawkley said in a statement: “We understand this is a difficult time for Tim and his family and we stand with them. We respect Penn’s decision to take a break from cricket and use the time for the betterment of himself and family.

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Australia is scheduled to play the first Ashes Test against England on December 8, which is also Paine’s birthday. He was to join the team this week. He was called up for Tasmania’s match against Western Australia on Friday. Cricket Tasmania later stated that Penn would not play the match.

“Following the last 24 hours of talks, Tim Paine has told Cricket Tasmania that he is taking a break from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future,” it said in a statement. Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family personally and professionally.” Penn could be replaced by Alex Curry or Josh Inglis in the team.

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