The 36-year-old wicketkeeper resigned as Test captain last Friday after a text exchange with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague was made public.
“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,” a Cricket Tasmania statement on Friday morning 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.”
Tim Paine wipes away tears as he announces his resignation as Test captain last Friday. Picture: Chris Kidd
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Paine’s manager James Henderson shared a brief statement to Twitter, citing concerns for the well-being of the cricketer and his wife Bonnie.
“Confirming that Tim Paine is stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break,” the tweet read.
“We are extremely concerned for his and Bonnie’s well-being and will be making no further comment at this time.”
The revelation comes after Paine confirmed he would step down as Test captain last week, telling a press conference it is “an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket”.
He wiped away tears during the brief statement where he did not take questions and confirmed his involvement in the text exchange with a then-colleague in 2017.
“I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and still do today,” he said.
“I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support. We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years.
“However, I recently became aware that this private text exchange was going to become public.”
Paine said the text exchange was the subject of a Cricket Australia Integrity Unit investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation.
“At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation, throughout which I fully participated in and openly participated in,” he said.
The wicketkeeper been married to Bonnie Paine since 2016. They have two children together. Picture: Graham Denholm/Getty Images
“That investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time found that there had been no breach of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct.”
Cricket Tasmania said in a statement it only became aware of allegations raised against Paine by a former Cricket Tasmania employee when formal charges of theft were laid against that employee in mid-2018.
Cricket Tasmania Chairman, Andrew Gaggin, said no complaint was raised at the time in November, 2017, or when the employee’s position was terminated. 
“As soon as Cricket Tasmania was made aware, it undertook an investigation that determined the interaction was consensual, private, occurred on the one occasion only, was between mature adults and was not repeated,” he said.
“Cricket Tasmania clearly does not condone this type of behaviour and addressed the matter directly with Tim Paine. However, because of the consensual nature of the actions, it was determined that no further action was required or appropriate.”
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Paine was given captaincy of the Australian Test side following the ball tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.
He has been married to Bonnie Paine since 2016. They have two children together.
Paine’s resignation and decision to take a break from cricket comes on the eve of this year’s Ashes, with the first Test set to take place at the Gabba from December 8.
Pat Cummins and Steve Smith were interviewed for the role of captaincy on Thursday. Paine’s replacement was expected to be announced on Friday.

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