Glenn Maxwell suffers from mental health issues, takes break from cricket

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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell hammered a 28-ball 62 in the team's massive 134-run victory in the T20I against Sri Lanka.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Thursday decided to take a short break from the sport due to mental health issues. D’Arcy Short will replace the Aussie all-rounder in the national Twenty20 squad.

According to Cricket Australia, Maxwell told the teams’ support staff that he was struggling with mental health. The Board and his state’s side Victoria, will be supporting the 31-year-old cricketer in this period. “Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. Thereby, he will spend a short time away from the game,” Team psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia on its website cricket.com.au.

“Maxwell was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff.” Maxwell’s decision comes days after he hammered a 28-ball 62 in Australia’s massive 134-run win in the Twenty20 against Sri Lanka. He did not get to bat in the second match which the hosts won by nine wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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The 31-year old all-rounder has played 110 ODIs, 61 T20Is and seven Tests for Australia. He has three T20I tons in his kitty while managed to score one century each in Tests and ODIs. CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams Ben Oliver said, “The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Maxwell has our full support. Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victorias support staff to ensure Maxwell’s well-being and his reintegration into the game.”

Oliver further requested that Maxwell, his family and friends’ privacy should be respected. “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 Maxwell and all our players,” Oliver added.