Australia's Glenn Maxwell pulls out of T20 series to deal with mental health issues

Indian Express

Indian Express

Author 2019-10-31 20:31:36

Indian Express 31 Oct 2019 18:01 PM

Cricket Australia said in a release that Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health and will spend a short time away from the game.

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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has pulled out of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan citing issues with his mental health.

In a press release issued by the Cricket Australia, Australian 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.”

Maxwell was a part of the Australian squad in the first two T20Is against Sri Lanka. He smashed a 28-ball 62 in the first match at Adelaide while he did not get a chance to bat in Brisbane.

D’Arcy Short has been included in the squad as a replacement for Maxwell for the series.

The official release quoted Ben Oliver, the executive general manager of the national teams, as saying “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. 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.”

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According to Australia head coach Justin Langer, Maxwell, who has played 110 one-day internationals and 61 T20Is, will be assessed in Melbourne over the next “day or so”.

“They often put on a mask,” Langer said of people suffering mental health problems.

“In public positions they have to put on a mask all the time. That’s his armour, his energy and the way he plays.”

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