Maxwell takes break from cricket, set to miss Pakistan T20Is

Australia all-rounder has stepped away due to mental health difficulties

Maxwell takes break from cricket, set to miss Pakistan T20Is PHOTO COURTESY: AAP

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has decided to step away from cricket due to mental health difficulties.

Cricket Australia Team Psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd has said that the all-rounder will spend a short time away from the game before being mentally ready for the rigors of international cricket.  

“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 was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

Maxwell is likely to miss the third and final T20I match of the series against Sri Lanka and the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan. He 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 eying 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.

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.