Glenn Maxwell recently opened up on his mental battles, revealing in a recent interview that he wished his “arm was broken”, during the World Cup, so that the all-rounder could get a much needed “easy break” from international cricket.
The 31-year-old Maxwell, who has been battling depression opted to take a break from all forms of cricket in October last year, and Maxwell has now, revealed how he has struggled to cope with mental health issues.
Glenn Maxwell opens up on his mental health issues:
Recalling an older incident, when Maxwell and Shaun Marsh were hit on the arm while batting, before Australia’s World Cup encounter with South Africa, the right-handed batsman hoped he had broken his arm, so as to have found a way to stay away from cricket for some period.
“I knew he (Marsh) was in trouble when he came in, and immediately I felt bad for him. I just thought I hope he’s OK, and if anything, I wish we could swap our news (suspecting Marsh” arm was broken),” Maxwell said in the Ordineroli Speaking podcast with Neroli Meadows.
He continued “We went to the hospital together and we were both sitting there, I think both hoping for opposite news. When I got hit, I was angry and a part of me was hoping (my arm) was broken.”
“I was like ‘this is it, I just need a break’… I was thinking about things I could do on the way back to snap it. I had anger at other people and it didn’t make sense, but I was angry at myself for not being able to produce at all this World Cup,” added Maxi.
I wanted an easy escape, felt I would be dropped: Glenn Maxwell
Adding further about his struggles, the middle-order batsman revealed that he felt he would be dropped, and thus, he was wishing to have picked up an injury instead.
“I thought it would’ve been an easy escape because I felt like I was going to get dropped at some stage and I thought maybe this is the way,” said Maxwell.
Having taken a break from international cricket, but before that, he performed admirably well against Sri Lanka, however, the Aussie player admitted he didn’t feel good despite the good show.
“I batted so well, I got 60-odd off less than 30 (balls) and barely missed the middle…but didn’t really enjoy any of it,” he said. “You’re taking down an international attack and just not enjoying any bit of it.”