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Australia ex-captain Paine leaves cricket for 'foreseeable future'

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Australia's Tim Paine will quit all forms of cricket for the "foreseeable future", Cricket Tasmania said Friday, after a sexting scandal led him to resign as test captain.

His decision put an abrupt end to debate in Australia over whether he should take part in the Ashes, with the first test against England opening in Brisbane on Dec 8.

"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," it said in a statement.

The Tasmanian keeper quit as test captain a week ago over the public revelation of an exchange of allegedly sexually graphic text messages with a female colleague in 2017.

But while stepping down as skipper, Paine said at the time he wanted to remain a "committed member" of the Australian test side and was looking forward to the Ashes tour. And there had been a groundswell of support to keep him in the team for the opening clash in Brisbane.

Australia's opener Marcus Harris said only on Wednesday that Paine had the full support of the Australian team and deserved to keep his place for the first test.

A five-person panel chose fast bowler Pat Cummins as the new captain.

© 2021 AFP

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