Glenn Maxwell will take an indefinite break from the game for mental health reasons, missing the rest of the T20Is against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Maxwell played the opening two matches of the series against Sri Lanka, even hitting 62 off 28 balls in Adelaide.
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.”
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.”
D’arcy Short has been chosen as a replacement player and will join the squad on Friday.
More to follow…