Maddinson withdraws from Australia A team due to mental health issues
Australia batsman Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from the Australia A match against Pakistan in Perth refering to mental health concerns, Cricket Australia announced on Saturday.
In an interview last year, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell highlighted his mental health problems. Last week, the 31-year old Aussie star hard hitter batsman took an indefinite break from cricket this time. For the same reason, Nic Maddinson has dropped out of cricket this time.
The 27-year old opener of the Australian ‘A’ side has turned away from cricket due to his own mental health reasons. Maddinson was placed in a three-day squad for the Pakistan A team in Perth.
Cameron Bancroft has been given a chance to replace Maddinson in the three-day match at Perth.
“We are in Maddinson’s favor,” said Australia ‘A’ team coach Graeme Hick. “I think he needs a rest right now. There are many cricketers who are afraid to tell the truth. I would say look at your health aspect first, then focus on other tasks. Maddinson made the right decision. There is no doubt Maddinson will be back in the squad quickly.”
Maddinson quit cricket for the second time due to mental health problems. When he lost his place in the Test squad in 2017, he went on a temporary break. After that, he returned to the national team with playing a T20 match. He has played three Tests for Australia, the last against Pakistan at the MCG in 2016.