Time Paine's career is practically over after not getting Tasmania contract

The former Test captain has been on leave from playing since retiring last year

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Hasi Kamanger

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Tim Paine's playing career appears to be over as the former Australia captain has failed to land a new contract with Tasmania. Paine, who stepped down as Test captain ahead of the Ashes series last summer in a texting and messaging controversy, has not been included in Tasmania's squad for the 2022-23 season.
After taking time off from cricket following his retirement as captain, Paine returned to the Tasmanians as an assistant coach at the end of last season. However, his playing career remained uncertain until Thursday's release of the Tigers squad.
Tim Paine is understood to be keen to remain in cricket in a coaching or development role, but his career on the field appears to be over after 35 Tests and 147 first class games.
His retirement as Test captain last year came while recovering from neck surgery. He made one appearance for Tasmania's 2nd XI before becoming unavailable for the Ashes and going on an indefinite break from play.
Tasmania's contract list has remained largely stable, with Billy Stanlake's arrival from Queensland being the most significant move. Tim Ward, the promising opening hitter who was the team's leading run scorer last season with 552 to 39.42, has signed a three-year deal. Peter Siddle will continue for one more season, although he previously hinted it could be his last.