Tim Paine: Former Australia captain to take immediate break from the game

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

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

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

Fast bowler Pat Cummins succeeded Paine as Australia Test captain on Friday, with batsman Steve Smith promoted to be vice-captain.

Earlier this week, the state association’s chairman Andrew Gaggin said Paine’s treatment by Cricket Australia had been “appalling.”

Paine’s manager James Henderson wrote on Twitterexternal-link that the player was taking “an indefinite mental health break”.

He added: “We are extremely concerned for his and [wife] Bonnie’s well-being and will be making no further…

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