“Inside my mind, I was in a self-destruction mode,” says Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell opened up on his mental health concerns. When the Australian cricketer came out to speak on his struggles with mental health, Cricket Australia gave him all the support they could as they gave him a momentary break from the sport.

“I probably noticed it around September last year. When I finally came out in November so I probably held on to it for too long with that following me around. It wore me down and I forgot who I was as a person. I felt like a cardboard cut out of a cricketer who got put on a plane, on a bus, at a cricket ground and I just had to put on a smile and pretend everything was okay,” Maxwell told Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.

“As a cricketer, I’ve always put on a mask. Putting a mask on can weigh you down. It was hard. I saw my mother cry when we lost the World Cup semifinal and when I saw that, I lost it,” he added to the conversation with Cricbuzz.

In the conversion, he mentioned about cricket as a mental game. He also spoke on the fear of failure, the pressure to give the best which made him go on a break.

Nearly a month ago, Cricket Australia (CA) had planned to appoint a mental health professional after the high-pressure nature of the game. “The new Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead will give a greater focus on mental health at Cricket Australia, giving us an individual resource dedicated to this area,” CA’s high-performance chief Drew Ginn had told ESPNcricinfo.

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