Melbourne: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has taken a “short” break from cricket to deal with “some difficulties with his mental health”.

Maxwell played in the opening two matches of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka at home. The hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber. In the first match at Adelaide Oval, he hit a 28-ball 62.

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On Thursday (October 31), Cricket Australia (CA) announced that Maxwell was withdrawing for the final match.

Australian team’s psychologist Dr Michael Lloyd said, “Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game. Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff.”

CA's executive general manager of national teams Ben Oliver said, “The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Glenn has our full support. Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria's support staff to ensure Glenn's well-being and his reintegration into the game.

“We ask that everyone gives Glenn and his family and friends space; and respects their privacy at this time. 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. It's important we look after Glenn and all our players.”

The 31-year-old Maxwell has played seven Tests, 110 ODIs and 61 T20Is for Australia.