Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine is not expected to play cricket again this summer as he continues an indefinite hiatus following the fallout from a sexting scandal.
Paine had returned to the Tasmanian Tigers squad as a manager in recent weeks but caretaker head coach Ali de Winter said today he did not expect the 37-year-old to be available for selection during the last month of the season.
“I don’t expect him to play. He’s definitely been part of the squad and been a big support for our young players in particular,” de Winter told reporters in Hobart.
“I don’t think he has any intention of taking up the bat or the gloves for the rest of this year.”
Paine continues to spend time with his family after stepping down as Test captain when the scandal broke on November 19 – just 19 days before the Ashes start – before being replaced as skipper by Pat Cummins a week later. late.
His last game was a second XI game for Tasmania in late November, when he tried to prove his playing ability in the five-Test series after off-season neck surgery.
He was then named to play in a Marsh One-Day Cup match for the Tigers on 26 November before it was announced on the morning of the match that he would be taking indefinite leave from all cricket “for the foreseeable future”. .
The 35-Test veteran has barely been spotted in public since, including the last Ashes Test in his hometown of Hobart.
The Tigers are currently preparing to face Victoria in a Marsh Cup game at Blundstone Arena on Sunday with de Winter confirming that Jake Doran will take the gloves in place of Australia T20 wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
The World Cup-winning glover was also removed from behind the stakes during the KFC BBL, with coach Adam Griffith preferring the Hobart Hurricanes captain to be on the pitch to facilitate communication with his bowlers.
At the time, Wade said he would prefer to keep the Hurricanes wicket, but would do what was best for the team.
Tasmania have also included captain for a day Jordan Silk in their squad to face Victoria, the hitter having recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in the Big Bash.
Fast bowler Nathan Ellis will also have another chance to make a comeback after a side injury suffered in training during BBL after both matches against NSW last week were abandoned without a ball played due to rain in Sydney .
Ben McDermott and Tim Ward will both miss the clash after testing positive for COVID-19, but de Winter expects them to be available for the Tigers’ Marsh Sheffield Shield game against Victoria at the Junction Oval from of March 15.
Speedster Riley Meredith (ribs), young allrounder Lawrence Neil-Smith (foot) and Charlie Wakim (back injury) remain unavailable for selection due to injury.
Tasmania had also hoped that mid-size all-rounder Tim David would turn up for their Marsh Cup matches after his involvement in the Pakistan Super League, but he decided to take a break from state cricket after he was purchased for A$1.53 million. in this year’s Indian Premier League auction.
Victoria has included Australia white ball captain Aaron Finch and T20 superstar Glenn Maxwell in their squad for the clash against Tasmania.
Tasmania currently sit fourth on the Marsh Cup table, three points behind first-place NSW, and need to win their final game of the regular season to have a chance of progressing to next Friday’s final at the Junction Oval.
Sunday’s Marsh Cup match will be streamed live on cricket.com.au and Kayo.
Tasmania team: Tom Andrews, Jackson Bird, Jake Doran (wk), Nathan Ellis, Brad Hope, Caleb Jewell, Tom Rogers, Peter Siddle, Jordan Silk (c), Matthew Wade, Beau Webster, Mac Wright
Victoria Team: Peter Handscomb (c), Brody Couch, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron McClure, Jono Merlo, Todd Murphy, Henry Thornton