Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has decided to take a break from international cricket due to his struggle with mental health.
The all-rounder withdrew himself from the nation’s T20 international squad following mental health issues. Cricket Australia (CA) officially announced Maxwell’s decision to take some time off on Thursday. D’Arcy Short, fellow Australian all-rounder will be replacing Maxwell for the third Gillette T20 International match against Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Friday.
A psychologist for Cricket Australia, Dr. Michael Lloyd said, “Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health”
He added, “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.”
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Ben Oliver, CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams said, “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.”
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The 31-year-old cricketer has played 110 ODIs, 61 T20s and seven Tests for Australia.
Oliver also requested the Maxwell family’s privacy to be respected.