Melbourne: Australia’s explosive middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell confessed that he is still battling with mental health which kept him out from competitive cricket for two months in late 2019.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Maxwell said that he learned to be honest with everyone while remaining out from the mainstream.
“I’m a lot more open in the way I communicate with people,” he confessed. “I don’t beat around the bush. I make sure I’m 100 percent honest with everyone. I want people to know exactly how I’m feeling and that’s not being brash, that’s not being over the top. It’s just being honest, so they can be honest back to me as well,” he added.
Maxwell revealed how he lost his identity due to immense fame and people around him. “It can certainly wear you down when you’re putting on a mask of being an international, domestic, whatever cricketer you are. When you’re putting that on every day for people to see in public, it can really weigh you down and you can forget who you are, and forget what sort of person you are,” he said.
The 32-year-old cricketer highlighted his cricketer friend Moises Henriques who had experienced just what Maxwell was going through.
“Moises was one of my first phone calls after I got the courage to pick the phone up and actually talk to someone,” Maxwell said. “He has been amazing in that sort of space and he was able to talk me through what I was going to be feeling over the first few weeks,” he concluded.
It must be noted here that Maxwell took rest from competitive cricket in late 2019 due to being mentally disturbed. He recently marked his return in Big Bash League (BBL) and captained Melbourne Stars, runners-up of this year’s Twenty20 league.