Australian cricketer Nic Maddinson has decided to take a break from the game owing to issues related to his mental health, according to reports in Cricket Australia's official website. Nic Maddinson's move comes just days after Glenn Maxwell pulled out midway from Australia's tour of Sri Lanka citing issues related to mental health and stress. Nic Maddinson, an experienced first-class cricketer who plays for Victoria, has represented Australia in the international arena on very few occasions but has made a name for himself in the domestic tourney and in the shortest formats of the game. Cricket Australia pledged to support Nic Maddinson with complete support and wished him a speedy recovery.
Cricket Australia says batsman Glenn Maxwell will take a break from the game to deal with mental health issues. Maxwell, 31, started the Australian summer season in strong form when he hit 62 runs off just 28 balls against Sri Lanka on Sunday and executed a run-out from near the Adelaide Oval boundary. Australia won that match by 134 runs and the second on Wednesday by nine wickets, when Maxwell wasn’t required to bat, to clinch the three-match series. Maxwell met with Cricket Australia staff on Wednesday and is expected to miss the rest of the T20 internationals against Sri Lanka on Friday in Melbourne and against Pakistan in three matches next week. Team psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd said Thursday that 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.” Australia coach Justin Langer said he approached Maxwell before Sunday’s match. “There have been a few times over the last 12 months where I’ve probably suspected that he’s been battling a little bit,” Langer said. “The day before the game in Adelaide he didn’t seem to have his normal zip and enthusiasm, although he still worked hard.