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Glenn Maxwell Withdraws From Australian Team Following Mental Health Battle

Glenn Maxwell will take a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues.

Cricket Australia announced the Victorian all-rounder will spend "a short time away from the ground" on Thursday.

"Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health," Dr Michael Lloyd, Team Psychologist said.

Glenn Maxwell at the Cricket World Cup. Image: AAP

Cricket Australia has offered its full support to Maxwell and will work with the player to reintegrate him back into the game, said Ben Oliver, Executive General Manager of National Teams.

“The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Glenn has our full support," he said in a statement.

“Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria’s support staff to ensure Glenn’s well-being and his reintegration into the game.

Glenn Maxwell will take a "short" break from cricket to deal with mental health issues. Image: Getty

“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."

D'arcy Short will come into the side to replace Maxwell ahead of Australia's T20 match with Sri Lanka on Friday.

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