As Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been facing mental health difficulties, he has decided to take a break from cricket. This was confirmed by the Australian team psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd on Thursday. For the last T20I against Sri Lanka, D’Arcy Short was roped in as Maxwell’s replacement.
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.”
Maxwell played the opening two matches of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, hitting 62 off 28 balls in the first fixture in Adelaide and not getting an opportunity to play in the second.
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 added, “He’s a special player and an important part of the Australian cricket family. We hope to see him back on the team during the summer. It’s important we look after Glenn and all our players.”