‘Withdrawals’: Captain’s cricket escape

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Author 2019-09-20 02:06:00

As ex-players begin discussing his future as Australian cricket captain, Tim Paine is escaping the madness in an idyllic location in southern France.

The victorious skipper — who led Australia to a 2-2 series draw in the Ashes which saw us retain the urn — is in Eygalieres with his wife Bonnie and children Milla and Charlie.

Bonnie has kept her 50,000 Instagram followers up to date with their sun-filled days, while exposing her husband’s choice of swim wear.

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The perfect place to relax after retaining the Ashes.Source:Instagram

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The greatest swim trunks of all time.Source:Instagram

Paine revealed in a column he wrote for The Australian this week he will be sidelined for a period after breaking his thumb in the Fifth Test.

Let’s hope he is switching off completely so he can avoid the type of hot takes ex-Test bowler Geoff Lawson is sprouting.

“His own personal form has not been terrific,” Lawson told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“Even his wicketkeeping suffered. He’s usually a very reliable keeper and he dropped a number during the Ashes …

“We’ve got to move on. When that first Test comes around (this summer), that is the time.”

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Bonnie and Tim Paine on holiday in the south of France.Source:Instagram

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Aussie cricket's first family is in Eygalieres.Source:Instagram

Steve Smith is banned from captaining the team until April next year and Lawson wants the job given to Pat Cummins.

“Pat’s an intelligent guy, played a lot of cricket, he’s our best bowler,” he said.

“Cummins was absolutely outstanding and is on the path to being one of the greats of our game.

“I don’t know if there are any other candidates. We know there’s only three batsmen who are sure of playing — (Steve) Smith, (Matthew) Wade and (Marnus) Labuschagne. They’re the three guys guaranteed of a bat.

“I’d give Smith another year. When he’s such good form do we want to re-burden him with the captaincy?”

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The Paine residence for the week.Source:Instagram

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Little Charlie Paine takes in the view.Source:Instagram

But Paine has been staunchly defended by his teammates in the wake of the series, including Matthew Wade. “Ashes cricket can be a pressure cooker and I thought he handled it really well,” Wade said. “Within the group, he’s got our full respect.”

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