Glenn Maxwell has taken a indefinite break from cricket due to struggles with his mental health, Cricket Australia stated on Thursday. Opening batsman D’Arcy Short will replace him in the squad against Sri Lanka for the 3rd T20I.
The Australia all-rounder appeared for Australia in the opening two games of the ongoing T20I series versus Sri Lanka. He has scored a brilliant 62 off 28 balls in the first match in Adelaide and did not get a chance to bat in second match in Brisbane.
Australia team’s 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.”
While Ben Oliver, the executive general manager of the national teams, 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.”