Tim Paine, former Australia Test captain, has announced his retirement from domestic cricket.

Tim Paine, a former Australia captain, has retired from domestic cricket after appearing for Tasmania in a Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

Following the game, the 38-year-old wicketkeeper was escorted off the field at Bellerive Oval by a guard of honour.

Paine captained Australia for 35 Tests, including 23 as captain after Steve Smith’s retirement.

Smith was fired following a ball-tampering scandal during Australia’s 2018 tour of South Africa.

Paine hasn’t played international cricket since January 2021, and the last time he did was in December 2022.

Australia retained the Ashes in 2019 with a 2-2 draw under Paine’s captaincy, becoming the first Australian team to do so in England since 2001.

During his captaincy, they won 11, lost eight, and drew four Tests. He also played 35 one-day internationals and 12 Twenty20s for his country.

Paine resigned as Australia’s Test captain before the Ashes in November 2021, citing a historical investigation into sexually explicit texts to a female colleague.

He claimed to be “exonerated,” but resigned after learning that his texts would be made public.

Paine then took a break from the game, with his manager stating that the player was taking “an indefinite mental health break” before returning to play for Tasmania in October 2022.

In 2022, he did not receive a contract from Cricket Australia.

“He’s been a fantastic player,” Tasmania captain Jordan Silk said.

“It takes a tremendous amount of effort to live as long as he has. He will undoubtedly be missed behind the stumps.

“I’m sure a lot of guys who are playing now will say that there will never be another keeper as good as Tim Paine in Australia. So we’ve been extremely fortunate down here.”

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