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Sport 'Brave' Aussie withdraws citing mental health

06:25  09 november  2019
06:25  09 november  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Australian cricketer Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A's tour match against Pakistan on " mental health grounds". Last week Glenn Maxwell also withdrew from Australia's T20 squad citing mental health issues and Will Pucovski is another Aussie cricketer that has stepped away from the

Australian cricketer Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A's tour match against Pakistan on " mental health said Maddinson was brave for feeling comfortable to do what's best for his mental health . squad citing mental health issues and Will Pucovski is another Aussie cricketer that has

Australian cricketer Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A's tour match against Pakistan on "mental health grounds".

Cricket Australia sent out a press release on Saturday afternoon announcing Maddinson's decision to miss the three-day, day-night match at Perth Stadium starting Monday.

"Cricket Australia supports Maddinson's decision, which was relayed to team management on Friday.," the statement read.

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' Brave ' Aussie withdraws citing mental health . Australian cricketer Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A's tour match against Pakistan on " mental health grounds".

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Cameron Bancroft is set to replace Maddinson in the Australia A XI.

"The wellbeing of our players is always our primary concern," Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia's EGM of National Teams, said.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Nic Maddinson celebrates his century against South Australia.© Getty Nic Maddinson celebrates his century against South Australia.

"We are proud that our players are comfortable to speak honestly and openly about how they are feeling.

"We will provide Nic with all the support and care we can and wish him a full and speedy recovery. We also ask that Nic's privacy be respected at this time."

Australia A coach Graeme Hick said Maddinson was brave for feeling comfortable to do what's best for his mental health.

"Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him," Hick said.

Nic Maddinson wearing a hat: Nic Maddinson played three Tests in 2016.© Getty Nic Maddinson played three Tests in 2016.

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

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Batsman Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A's match against Pakistan on mental health grounds, Cricket Australia said on Saturday. Maddinson, who played three Tests for Australia in 2016, has previously struggled with mental health issues and took a break from the game in 2017 after

"While saddened to see Nic stand down, we welcome Cam Bancroft to the Australia A XI. Cam is obviously no stranger to quality international bowling and the Perth Stadium wicket. We have no doubt he will fit well into the team."

Last week Glenn Maxwell also withdrew from Australia's T20 squad citing mental health issues and Will Pucovski is another Aussie cricketer that has stepped away from the game for the same reasons.

"Mental health is a challenge faced by Australian communities and elite sporting organisations and cricket is no different," CA sport science boss Alex Kountouris said.

"Like other professional sports, we are working very hard to better understand the challenges faced by our players and staff so we can support them.

"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 offer all our players the support they need in the difficult times, but importantly we are working on education, resourcing and research to better understand how we do this."

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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