Tim Paine ex-captain of Australia quits for an indefinite period

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Tim Paine recently resigned as the captain of the Australian test team. The decision was taken after he was accused of a sexting scandal. However, it was announced by Cricket Tasmania that Paine will be out for the foreseeable future. After the scandal was announced there was a debate in the Australian cricketing community whether he would be part of the team for the Ashes. However, with his decision, the debate has surely ended.

The statement of Cricket Tasmania said,

” 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.”

The 36-year-old recently stepped down from the captaincy of the Australian men’s test. He was alleged to sexually text a woman in 2017. However, when Paine stepped down from the captaincy as he was committed to being playing for Australia, and being a part of the Ashes. Paine had support from many and they wanted him to stay for at least the first Ashes test.

Team supports Tim Paine

According to Marcus Harris, the Australian team believes that Paine deserves to be in the team.

According to reports, a panel of five-person is formed to select the new captain. Coach Justin Langer is not in the panel. Langer will focus on preparing the team for the upcoming matches. Pat Cummings and Steve Smith are the ones who could be named as the captain.

The five members of the panel are selectors George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide, Chairman Richard Freudenstein, chief executive Nick Hockley, and ex-board members Mel Jones. 

Previously, Paine took over the captaincy in 2018 after,’ the sand-paper gate’ scandal. Then the captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner respectively were forced to step down. After they were found guilty of tampering with the ball in the Cape Town test in South Africa.

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