Glenn Maxwell takes indefinite break from cricket citing mental health issues
Maxi, as he is known among peers, was a part of the first two T20Is against Sri Lanka and had produced a breathtaking knock of 62 runs off just 28 balls to help his side post a gigantic total of 233/2 against the Lankans.
He also played the second T20I but Steve Smith and David Warner remained unbeaten to guide their side to a 9-wicket win in the match. As things stand, Maxwell will not feature in the third and final match and will be out of the Pakistan assignment too.
Executive general manager of the national teams, Ben Oliver, said on the development: "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."
Cricket Australia's Bupa Support 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."
For the upcoming third T20I against the Lankans at the MCG, D'Arcy Short has been called up in the squad as Maxwell's replacement.
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