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Paine takes leave for "foreseeable future"

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Former Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine is stepping away from the game. 

The latest bombshell comes a week after the 36-year-old stood down from the top job over a 2017 sexting scandal with a female colleague which surfaced, but still reaffirmed his committment in playing in the upcoming Ashes.

There has been doubt over Paine's fitness heading into the series but all debate was quashed on Friday morning by a Cricket Tasmania 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," it read.

He'll be unavailable for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia, with Charlie Wakim to step in.

"Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer," the statement concluded. 

Paine's manager also put out a statement on Twitter, confirming an "indefinite mental health break."

"We are extremely concerned for his and Bonnie’s well-being and will be making no further comment at this time," James Henderson said.