Glenn Maxwell announces indefinite break from cricket
Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell will take an indefinite break from professional cricket to deal with mental health issues.
Cricket Australia made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, with the 31-year-old to take no further part in the ongoing T20 series against Sri Lanka.
Coach Justin langer said he could sense something was not quite right with his big-hitting batsman when he confronted him ahead of the first match of the series in Adelaide on Sunday.
"When you build relationships with people you sense when they're not quite right," Langer told media on Thursday afternoon. "And I asked him the day before the Adelaide game, and that's when I he said, 'Nah, I probably need to have a bit of a chat'.
"You just could tell it was not quite right, and he probably wasn't going to say. Even though he had that incredible innings, I don't think he got much joy out of it to be honest. That's not much fun. Even though he's got that smile on his face when he plays.
"They often put on a mask. People in public positions have to put on a mask all the time. And that's the mask he puts on, that's his armour, his energy and the way he plays - like he's the great entertainer. But underneath the mask, you could probably just sense it."
Langer confirmed that Maxwell had seen a psychologist and would be sent for a follow up assessment in Melbourne in the coming days.
"I guess like all injuries we'll work out where he is at with it, then we'll work out when he's going to return to play hopefully healthier and happier," he said.
"It's not like a hamstring that just snaps or a finger that just breaks. It probably builds up so i'm not sure what prompted him before adelaide."
Cricket Australia confirmed that D'Arcy Short would be joining the squad to fill in for the remaining game in the series when they first announced the news of Maxwell's decision.
"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,"Team Psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd said.
"Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff."
Maxwell played the opening two matches of the series, hitting 62 off 28 balls in Adelaide on Sunday.
Executive General Manager of National Teams 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.
"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."