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Glenn Maxwell takes indefinite break from cricket

Batsman D’Arcy Short is replaced Maxwell for the upcoming Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka.

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Glenn Maxwell takes indefinite break from cricket

Australian star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has decided to take an indefinite break from cricket, duo to impoverished mental health condition.

Maxwell is now reported to be out of rest of the T20I series against Sri Lanka and whole of Pakistan series.

Batsman D’Arcy Short is replaced Maxwell for the upcoming Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka. Short has played 20 T20s for Australia, hitting 592 runs at a strike-rate of above 120.

Australia team psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd said on Thursday, “Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game. Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff.”

Cricket Australia is fully supporting of Maxwell’s decision. Executive general manager of national team Ben Oliver stated that the well-being of cricketers is their utmost priority.

“The well-being of our players and staff is paramount.

Glenn has our full support. Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria’s support staff to ensure Glenn’s well-being and his reintegration into the game.

“We ask that everyone gives Glenn and his family and friends space; and respects their privacy at this time,” Oliver said.

“He’s a special player and an important part of the Australian cricket family. We hope to see him back in the team during the summer. It’s important we look after Glenn and all our players,” he added.

Last year Maxwell opened up to The Age, revealing his struggle to bear the mental burden of cricket.

“I know there’s been times when I’ve been struggling, and felt like it’s a little bit too much. It does take a toll on you mentally,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell was due to play for Australia in Friday night’s Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at the MCG but has moved away from the game.

 

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