Glenn Maxwell has taken a break from cricket after identifying struggles with his mental health.
Maxwell, 31, started the Australian summer in blazing form when he smashed 62 runs off just 28 balls against Sri Lanka on Sunday and executed a brilliant run-out from near the Adelaide Oval boundary.
“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,” Cricket Australia team psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd said.
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Glenn Maxwell in action for the Aussies in their T20 series against Sri Lanka. Pic: Sarah ReedSource:News Corp Australia
“Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff.”
Hobart Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short has been called into Australia’s T20 squad to replace Maxwell.
“Player welfare is paramount. Glenn has our full support,” new high performance boss Ben Oliver said.
“Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria’s support staff to ensure Glenn’s wellbeing and his reintegration into the game.
Maxwell is a star in short-form cricket. Pic: AAPSource:AAP
“We ask that everyone gives Glenn and his family and friends space, and respects their privacy at this time.
“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.”
Originally published asAussie star’s shock break from cricket
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