Glenn Maxwell takes a ‘short break’ from international cricket

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Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has withdrawn from Australia’s T20 International squad tol take a “short” break from cricket over issues of mental health, according to Cricket Australia.

The all-rounder said that he was struggling with his mental health.

CA announced Maxwell’s decision to take a break from cricket on Thursday afternoon. D’Arcy Short has been asked join the Australia squad in Melbourne on Friday ahead of the third Gillette T20 International against Sri Lanka.

CA’s Bupa Support Team psychologist Dr Michael 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.”

CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams Ben Oliver 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’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.

“It’s important we look after Glenn and all our players.”

Maxwell’s step back from the spotlight comes after he made an impressive start to the international summer, clubbing a 28-ball knock of 62 in the opening T20 against Sri Lanka and being at his brilliant best in the field.