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Nic Maddinson withdraws from Australia A team due to psychological problems

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Test candidate Nic Maddinson withdrew from Australia. A side for psychological reasons, Cricket Australia announced on Saturday.

Nic Maddison is now being replaced by Cameron Bancroft. (Reuters file photo)

Nic Maddison is now being replaced by Cameron Bancroft. (Reuters file photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nic Maddinson withdrew from Australia A team based on mental health
  • Cameron Bancroft replaces the opener in Australia's XI A for day / night game against Pakistan
  • In October of this year, Maxwell also decided to take a break from cricket to take care of his mental health

Batsman Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A's match against Pakistan for reasons of mental health, Cricket Australia said Saturday.

Maddinson, who played three Tests for Australia in 2016, has previously struggled with psychological problems and took a break from the game in 2017 after being dropped off by the test team.

Cricket Australia (CA) governing body said it supported the 27-year-old's decision, which was passed on to team management on Friday.

"Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him," said a Graeme Hick coach in a CA statement.

"It is more courageous to speak than to suffer in silence, and I applaud Nic for having the courage to put his health first."

Opening of batsman Cameron Bancroft, who had fallen off the test side during the Ashes in England, replaces Maddinson in the A XI of Australia for the three-day, day-night match against Pakistan from Monday at Perth Stadium.

Maddinson's withdrawal comes just over a week after All-rounder Glenn Maxwell from Australia returned to Sri Lanka midway through the Twenty20 series due to mental health problems.

Maxwell will continue to have an unlimited break for all cricket.

Maddinson was one of a number of batsmen who played an unofficial audition for spots in the test side for a series of two games against Pakistan.

The first test starts in Brisbane on November 21. The Australian T20 side beat Pakistan on Friday with 10 wickets in Perth to win their 3-match series 2-0. The first game was stopped due to rain.

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