Tim Paine has taken an indefinite mental health break from the game, which means he won’t be available for the next Ashes series at home. Paine was due to play for Tasmania in the Marsh Cup on Friday in preparation for the first test starting on December 8, but withdrew from the game.
The recent emergence of the texting controversy in 2017 prompted Tim Paine to resign from the Australian test captain position. Paine had sent lewd images to a Cricket Tasmania co-worker in 2017, and the integrity investigation unit cleared her of the charges a year later. Former board member and captain Mark Taylor had said a few days ago that the matter remained at the company and was of interest to Paine, his wife Bonnie and the Cricket Tasmania employee.
Meanwhile, Paine’s manager James Henderson has tweeted that the wicket-keeper’s hitter is taking a mental health break and won’t comment further.
“Confirming that [Tim Paine] is walking away from cricket for indefinite mental health break, “Paine manager James Henderson tweeted.” We are extremely concerned for her and Bonnie’s well-being and will not comment further at this time. “
Confirming that @ tdpaine36 walks away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break. We are extremely concerned for your and Bonnie’s well-being and will not comment further at this time.
– James Henderson (@ jahenderson63) November 25, 2021
Cricket Tasmania, in an official statement, revealed that the 36-year-old has reported that he will be taking a break from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future.
“Following discussions of the past 24 hours, Tim Paine has informed Cricket Tasmania that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future.
“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally throughout the summer,” the statement said.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said the board understands and respects the decision and will support the former captain.
“We recognize that this is an incredibly difficult time for Tim and his family and we are committed to supporting them,” said Hockley. “We respect and understand Tim’s decision to take a break at this time to focus on his well-being and that of his family.”
“The National Team Panel will meet in the next few days to discuss the final team before Ashes’ first test,” added Hockley.
CA President Greg Dyer and CEO Tood Greenberg have issued a joint statement emphasizing the importance of family and mental health.
“First, the thoughts of the players and everyone in the ACA are with Tim and Bonnie,” the statement said. “Family and health are more important than any game of cricket. It takes genuine courage both to acknowledge the need for help and to ask for it. Tim now needs some time and space and we support his decision.
“Tim made the decision to retire from the captaincy with the best interests of the game in mind. We now hope that Tim’s best interests are also respected.”
In a conversation with the Herald Sun, Paine clarified that he would not withdraw even if Australia won the Ashes.
“I wasn’t going to retire, it had been pretty clear that I wanted to keep playing and potentially finish after this Ashes series,” he told the Herald Sun. “I see that as the ultimate, to be able to finish your test run after winning an Ashes series in Australia. That’s the dream. That’s what I want to do. Go and represent my country, well, and help win the Ashes. “