Aussie batsman Glenn Maxwell will take "short" break from cricket to address mental health issues

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-31 15:26:16|Editor: huaxia
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SYDNEY, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- Dynamic Aussie hitter Glenn Maxwell, will step away from cricket and Australia's T20 International squad, in order to address mental health issues.

The "short break," announced by Cricket Australia on Thursday, will see the gifted 31-year-old batsman miss the third game of the T20 International series against Sri Lanka on Friday in Melbourne, but it is not known when the 2015 World Cup winner may return.

"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," team psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd explained.

With the full backing of those around him, Lloyd added that, "Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff".

One of the most creative and powerful hitters in world cricket, Maxwell has played 110 one day games for Australia, along with 61 T20 internationals.

"The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Glenn has our full support," Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of National Teams Ben Oliver said.

"Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria's support staff to ensure Glenn's well-being and his reintegration into the game."

"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." Enditem