Tim Paine resigned as Australia’s Test captain ahead of The Ashes and has since taken a hiatus from cricket to cope with his mental health. Now, Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Nick Hockley has stated that he would welcome Paine’s return to the Australian team. Justin Langer, the Australian team’s head coach, has also paid a visit to Paine, according to Hockley.

Hockley went on to say that Paine has the support of the entire Tasmanian cricket community. “As soon as possible, we want to see him out there playing and performing. We’ve had members of our high performance set up go down to Tassie, and the head coach has been down to meet him. Hockley was quoted by NDTV as saying, “The Tasmanian cricket community has wrapped its arms around him.”

Nick Hockley also stated that his primary responsibility now is to ensure that Tim Paine receives all necessary support and that he respects the wicket-keeper batsman for owning up to his error. “We’re all quite worried — we want to make sure Tim is well supported. I have a lot of respect for Tim for taking responsibility for his error, and our role now is to genuinely help him,” Hockley added.

Tim Paine’s private messages with a Tasmanian woman employee were released to the public, and he decided to step down as captain as a result. Tim Paine has 35 Test matches under his belt for Australia, having made his debut in 2010. The right-handed batter has a batting average of 32.66 and has scored 1535 runs. Paine has also racked up nine fifties in the whites for Australia.