Ten days after Cricket Australia announced that Glenn Maxwell was taking a break from cricket for reasons of mental health, the board confirmed that Nic Maddinson also decided to abandon cricket to deal with his mental health.
Maddinson was appointed to the Australia A team to take on the visiting Pakistani side in a three-day day / night tour game from November 11 in Perth. He has now withdrawn from the game, with Cameron Bancroft replacing him.
Maddinson, a left-wing batsman, has represented his country in three Tests and six Twenty20 Internationals, his last cap in July 2018 against Zimbabwe. When he came to Victoria, he enjoyed a decent series in recent months, hit 224 against South Australia last month and placed him on the selector's radar.
💬 "Whatever we can do, whether it is more or less, we will be there. If he needs me, I will be there."
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– ICC (@ ICC) November 1, 2019
This is not the first time the 27-year-old is taking a break. When his test debut in 2016 did not go as planned, he also found his performance in domestic cricket for New South Wales. He took free time and eventually returned to appear on the T20I team, but in the meantime lost his domestic contract. He moved to Victoria, where he said the environment worked for him.
In a statement on Saturday, November 9, Cricket Australia promised him all the support and time he needed to get healthy again. Graeme Hick, coach of Australia A for the match against Pakistan, said: "Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him. It is more courageous to speak than to suffer in silence and I cheer Nic for the courage to his health first. "
Maddinson joins Maxwell, Nicole Bolton, Will Pucovski and Moises Henriques with the Australian cricketing fraternity to open up about their mental health problems.
Alex Kountouris, sports sciences and sports medicine manager at Cricket Australia, reiterated the commitment of the board to support those who needed it in this area. "Like other professional sports, we work very hard to better understand the challenges for our players and employees so that we can support them," he said.
“We are all proud to work in an industry where players can feel safe to talk about these issues. It goes without saying that we provide all our players with the support they need in difficult times, but more importantly we work on education, resources and research to better understand how we do this. "
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