Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell takes a break from the game for mental health reasons

Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Author 2019-10-31 08:19:00

Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell is taking a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues.

The cricket legend has left the Australian squad and will be taking an indefinite break away from the game after dealing with personal matters for the past month.

The 31-year-old met with Cricket Australia (CA) staff on Wednesday night, and is expected to miss the rest of the T20 internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell (pictured left with Mitchell Starc) is taking a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues

'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,' national teams manager Ben Oliver 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.'

The decision has come with the support of CA, after Maxwell had taken the initiative on the matter.

'Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff ... he will spend a short time away from the game,' team psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd said.

Maxwell hit 62 off 28 balls in the opening T20 win over Sri Lanka on Sunday, and was not required to bat in Wednesday's win.

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Maxwell (pictured with his partner Vini Raman) at the Australian Cricket Awards night in Melbourne in February

It comes after Will Pucovski was also given time away from Australia's squad last summer to deal with well-being matters.

D'Arcy Short will be replacing him in the national Twenty20 squad. 

Short has played 20 T20s for Australia, hitting 592 runs at a strike-rate of above 120 before he was overlooked for this summer's series.

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