Tim Paine sexting scandal: Big development as Tim Paine ‘takes indefinite leave’, will not play the Ashes: Follow LIVE Updates

Tim Paine sexting scandal: Big development as Tim Paine 'takes indefinite leave', will not play the Ashes: Follow LIVE Updates
Tim Paine sexting scandal: Big development as Tim Paine 'takes indefinite leave', will not play the Ashes: Follow LIVE UpdatesTim Paine sexting scandal: Big development as Tim Paine 'takes indefinite leave', will not play the Ashes: Follow LIVE Updates

Tim Paine sexting scandal – The ASHES: Recently resigned Australian captain Tim Paine’s career appears to have reached the end of the road after the wicketkeeper announced a leave of absence, less than two weeks before the Ashes 2021-22. Paine, who has been embroiled in a sexting controversy, had intended to feature in the 1st Ashes Test at the Gabba, but the immense backlash for his actions has seen him take a break for the ‘foreseeable future”. Follow Insidesport.in for all Ashes LIVE updates. 

A statement released on Friday morning by Tasmania read: “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”

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Tim Paine sexting scandal: Tim Paine’s career all but over after indefinite ‘leave of absence’ before Ashes

The ASHES – Tim Paine ‘Indefinite Leave’: The move could all but signal the end of Tim Paine’s career, and Australia will be scrambling for options, as Paine was the sole designated wicketkeeper in their squad. As per Australian media reports, Paine is unlikely to play Test cricket for Australia in the future as he continues to deal with the sexting scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.

What exactly happened?

  • Paine was meant to bat at No.3 for Tasmania in the One-Day Cup on Friday before flying to Brisbane on Saturday to prepare for the first Ashes Test.
  • However, the veteran keeper threw in a bombshell, taking a leave of absence, therefore ruling him of the Gabba Test starting on December 8.
  • As per Fox Sports, Paine’s manager said that the ex-Australian captain is extremely concerned for both the wicketkeeper’s welfare and that of his wife, Bonnie.

The decision has come despite the Australian squad throwing their weight behind the Tasmania-born cricketer, and his decision has left everyone in shock.

Tim Paine sexting scandal: Tim Paine’s career all but over after indefinite ‘leave of absence’ before Ashes

A statement released on Friday morning by Tasmania read: “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.

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“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.”

Ashes 2021-22: With Paine taking a break, Australia will have to scramble for options behind the stumps for the first Test. Alex Carey and Josh Inglis were included in Australia A squad which is set to play against the Australian Test squad in an Ashes warm-up, while Queenslander Jimmy Peirson has built a strong case in the Sheffield Shield.