Tim Paine will not play in the first Ashes Test after Cricket Tasmania revealed the former Australian captain will be stepping down from all forms of cricket “for the foreseeable future”.
The 36-year-old was due to take the gloves in a one-day cup match against WA on Friday before the decision was revealed by Cricket Tasmania in a statement.
“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 statement read.
“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.”
The announcement comes as Cricket Australia prepare to name his successor, after Paine relinquished the captaincy following a sexting scandal last Friday.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins is expected to take on the coveted role, with former skipper Steve Smith as his deputy.
It comes less than two weeks out from the first Test at the Gabba against England on December 8.
South Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey is his likely replacement behind the stumps, while WA’s Josh Inglis is also a contender.
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