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Maxwell to “spend a short time away from the game”

Glenn Maxwell to take a short break from cricket due to mental health
Image Source: Glenn Maxwell Instagram

Glenn Maxwell is set to take a short break from cricket due to mental health. He will miss the upcoming T20Is against Sri Lanka and Pakistan as well.

Maxwell not enjoying the game

Maxwell who played the opening two matches of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka informed the coach Justin Langer about his issues just before the series began. He went on to hit 62 runs off just 28 balls in the first fixture in Adelaide and did not get chance to bat in the second game. According to the coach, Maxwell was “not having that much fun at the moment” and just wearing a “mask” during the first two fixtures. Langer said, “Even though he had that incredible innings in Adelaide and fielded like a genius, I don’t think he got much joy out of it. He’s not having that much fun at the moment, even though he has that smile on his face when he plays.” He further added, “That’s the mask he puts on, it’s his armour, his energy and the way he plays. He’s the great entertainer but underneath the mask – you probably just sense it. When you build relationships with people you sense when they’re not quite right and I asked him the day before the Adelaide game and that’s when he said we probably need that little chat.”

Cricket Australia to support the star

Finally, the team psychologist confirmed the news on Thursday, the eve of the third match of the series. He said, due to some difficulties with mental health Maxwell would be leaving the squad to take a short break. “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.”

The executive general manager of the national teams, Ben Oliver, later showed his concerns and said Cricket Australia would support Maxwell to ensure his well being. “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.

D’Arcy Short has been chosen as a replacement player and will join the squad on Friday for the final match against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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