Glenn Maxwell to Take Break from Cricket Due to Mental Health Issue

By Dipto Paul

Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell is taking a hiatus from cricket because of mental health issues.

Cricket Australia announced this on Thursday after a meeting with Maxwell on Wednesday.

Australia’s team psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd said, “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”.

This 32-year-old cricketer is expected to miss the rest of the T20 internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

He will be replaced by D’Arcy Short who played 20 T20’s for Australia, hitting 592 runs at a strike-rate of above 120.

Australian national team’s manager Ben Oliver said about Maxwell, “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”.

Meanwhile Cricket Australia confirms to give full support to Maxwell and also help him with his reintegration into the game.

“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,” added Ben Oliver.

Maxwell hit 62 runs from 28 balls in the opening T20 win against Sri Lanka on Sunday, and was not required to bat in Wednesday’s win.

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