Ace Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has made up his mind to take a hiatus from cricket. He has been facing problems and has had a difficult time because of his mental health issues as was confirmed by the Australian team’s psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd on Thursday. Maxwell was a part of the series against Sri Lanka and was a part of the first two T20Is. D’Arcy Short has been called in as a last-minute replacement for the final T20 in the series which Australia has already won 2-0 and will look to complete the whitewash.
“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,” Lloyd said.
Maxwell’s decision was met with a lot of empathy from within the cricket board, as executive general manager of national teams, Ben Oliver stated that the well-being of the players and staff was a priority.
“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,” Oliver said.
“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. We must look after Glenn and all our players.”