Former Australia skipper Tim Paine back in training in Tasmania
Former Australia captain Tim Paine, has returned to training in Tasmania after taking a “indefinite mental health hiatus” from cricket following a sexting incident last November.
Despite not included on Tasmania’s list of contractual players in May. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper was granted the go-ahead to train with the team ahead of the new season.
“It was just great to see him come into my office and request permission to train,” Cricket Tasmania chief executive Dom Baker told The Australian newspaper.
“He started here as just a 16-year-old all those years ago. And has been a part of our cricket ever since.
“He is training as an uncontracted player to get fit for club cricket. But if he proves to be anywhere near his best expect to see him playing state cricket again.
“All of Tasmania and I think most of Australia wants to see him finish his career on his own terms.”
Prior to the sexting charges coming to light last year. Paine slated to captain Australia in the home Ashes series. He resigned, and Pat Cummins took his place.
The player charged with sending her sexually inappropriate communications in 2017 by a former Cricket Tasmania receptionist.
An internal Cricket Australia probe in 2018 that not made public until late last year exonerated Paine, who said the messaging was consensual.