Glenn Maxwell to take a short break from cricket due to difficulties with mental health

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India Today

Author 2019-10-31 13:10:00

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Glenn Maxwell will take a short break from cricket, Cricket Australia said. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Glenn Maxwell played the first 2 T20Is against Sri Lanka
  • Maxwell will spend a short time away from the game: CA
  • We hope to see him back in the team during the summer: Ben Oliver

Australia's star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be taking a short break from cricket as he has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.

Glenn Maxwell has opted out of the remainder of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. He will be replaced by D'Arcy Short. Notably, Maxwell played the 1st 2 T20Is against Sri Lanka earlier this week and also smashed a quickfire fifty in Adelaide on October 27.

Australia's team psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd said Glenn Maxwell was proactive in identifying the issues with his mental health and engaging with the support staff.

"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," Michael Llyod said.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has said Glenn Maxwell will get the full support from the board and it will also help him with his reintegration into the game.

"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," executive general manager of national teams Ben Oliver said.

"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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