One of the crucial players of the Australian Cricket Team Glenn Maxwell has recently announced to take a short break from cricket to deal with his serious mental health issues. The psychologist of the team Dr. Michael Lloyd also showed his concern over the critical mental conditions of Maxwell during the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka. As a result, the experienced all-rounder player has been ruled out from the T20I squad for the third encounter of the series and D’Arcy Short has been roped in to take his place.
The Executive General Manager of Cricket Australia Ben Olive said while supporting Glenn Maxwell in his crucial time, “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. Further, he also added, “We hope to see him back in the team during the summer”.
However, the valuable efforts of Glenn Maxwell in the ongoing series didn’t go in vain as Australia easily sealed the three-match T20I series with a successful 2-0 win. Now in the third T20I encounter, they are looking forward to a clean sweep at the home ground. Despite the absence of crucial player Maxwell in the team, hosts are still looking very much confident for their next battle against Sri Lanka.
The third and the final T20I battle between Australia and Sri Lanka is scheduled to be held at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. However, the match will just be a formality for the hosts as they already won the series with a 2-0 lead but still, the aggressive Aussies will perform for the complete whitewash against Lankans. On the other hand, hapless visitors of Sri Lanka will just hope to reduce the gap. It will be interesting to see whether Aussies will manage to earn the clean sweep or Lankans will reduce the margin to 2-1.
Here’s check out the complete list of the Australian squad for third and the last T20I encounter against Sri Lanka :
Australia: Aaron Finch (Skipper), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, and Adam Zampa