Cricket did not offer Tasmania a contract for the 2022-23 season

Tim Payne’s professional career is over as he has not been given a Cricket Tasmania contract for the upcoming season.

The former Australian Test captain, who announced in November that he would retire from all forms of cricket indefinitely, has been ruled out of the game following a sexting scandal published in late 2021.

The 38-year-old Tasmanian appeared in the second XI after the scandal broke, but has yet to return to elite level cricket – and now it never seems to happen.

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“The list includes a good mix of senior and emerging players and we are excited for what lies ahead behind a promising 2021-22 season,” said head coach Jeff Vaughan.

“Hopefully with a full game of red and white ball cricket this year, I’m really excited and confident about what this team can create.”

Payne led Australia through a difficult time following the sandpaper scandal, but many felt his position was ineffective after the pornographic text message came to light.

At first the wicketkeeper was firm in his position, but quickly realized that he could not go on to become the Aussie captain – to be replaced by fast bowler Pat Cummins.

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