Maxwell takes mental health break from cricket


SYDNEY: Australian batting superstar Glenn Maxwell will take a “short” break from cricket to deal with mental health issues, Cricket Australia said Thursday.One of the world´s best short-format batsman, Maxwell leaves Australia´s T20 squad during a series against touring Sri Lanka, after smashing a blistering 62 off 28 balls in the opening match.“Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health,” Cricket Australia team psychologist Michael Lloyd said in a statement.“As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game.” Maxwell will be replaced in the squad by fellow power-hitter Darcy Short.“The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Glenn has our full support,” executive general manager Ben Oliver said. Cricket Australia said it will work with Maxwell´s state team Victoria to ensure his reintegration into the game when he decides to return.“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,” Oliver added.Young gun Will Pucovski is eyeing a return to the international stage after taking some time out to deal with mental health issues during a Test series last summer against Sri Lanka. The 21-year-old will play for Australia A against Pakistan in a three-day match on November 11 after a strong first-class hundred for Victoria this month.
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