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Paine set to play first match since sexting scandal

Paine set to play first match since sexting scandal

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An "emotionally sound" Tim Paine is set to play his first top-level game since a sexting scandal ended his

international career, with the former Australia captain included Tuesday in Tasmania's squad for a Sheffield Shield tie, reports AFP. Paine quit as Test skipper last November on the eve of the Ashes campaign against England when lewd text messages he sent to a female colleague in 2017 were about to be made public. The bombshell

 announcement was followed a week later by Paine taking leave from all forms of cricket for the "foreseeable

future" amid concerns about the mental well-being of a player previously seen as squeaky-clean. But he never retired and was named in Tasmania's 13-man squad for their Shield match against Queensland in Brisbane from Thursday. "He has been training with us the last couple of months," Tasmania coach Jeff Vaughan told reporters. "And it was quite unanimous that everyone wanted one of the world's best wicketkeepers in our side." Paine is expected to take the gloves from Matthew Wade who is on Australian duty ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup later this month.