Glenn Maxwell may start playing soon: Details here
In October end, Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell had left the national team to take an indefinite break away from the game. Maxwell had recognized that he needed a break away from cricket and left the T20I squad which was involved in a three-match series against Sri Lanka. However, Maxwell may soon script a comeback. Here are the details.
Maxwell was battling with mental health issues
Earlier, Australian cricket team's psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd said in the statement that Maxwell is being pro-active in his treatment. Also, coach Justin Langer said Maxwell, like many others, has been wearing a mask to hide his private battle with mental health.
Marcus Harris feels Maxi isn't far away from playing
Maxwell took part in training with the Victoria squad at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. "I think he is doing everything he needs to do ... when he is ready to come back (he will)," team member Marcus Harris was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. "I'm not sure if it is this week or Big Bash, but he's not far away I think."
I think those sort of guys need some space: Harris
"I think those sort of guys need some space. I think they've got everyone hounding them about what's going on and what they're doing," he said. "They are adults. Maxi has been really good and all the guys dealing with stuff have been very good and we just put our arm around them and support them," he added.
Maxwell paved the way for others to speak out
Maxwell's decision to take a break in order to battle mental health, paved the way for others to speak out. Aussie cricketer, Nic Maddinson had pulled out of Australia A's clash against Pakistan on mental health grounds just 10 days later. Meanwhile, Will Pucovski became the third Aussie cricketer to pull out after continuing to battle mental health issues.
Kohli had also admitted facing mental struggles, praised Maxwell
Last month, Indian captain Virat Kohli had admitted that he went through mental struggles back in 2014. He recalled the low phase in his career as he battled 'end of the world' thoughts but didn't know how to even express them. The 31-year-old also praised Australia's Maxwell for taking a break in order to tackle mental health issues.
IPL 2020 auction: Maxwell has made himself available
Meanwhile, Maxwell has made himself available for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction to be held on December 19 in Kolkata. Maxwell has set a base price of Rs. 2 crore. It remains to be seen whether franchises go for the aggressive all-rounder. Maxwell was last seen in IPL 2018. He opted out of the IPL 2019 auction after being released.