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‘Extremely concerned’: Tim Paine takes leave of absence from all cricket

  • News puts Paine in serious doubt for Ashes series against England
  • Comes a week after he stepped down as Australia’s Test captain

Tim Paine will take an indefinite leave of absence from all cricket “for the foreseeable future”, throwing into serious doubt the former Australian Test captain’s availability for the Ashes and his future in the international game.

It comes amid news Pat Cummins will – as widely expected – be named by Cricket Australia as his successor on Friday and Steve Smith his deputy.

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