Glenn Maxwell closer to return, trains with Victoria

Glenn Maxwell, who stepped away from cricket during Australia’s T20I series against Sri Lanka in October, returned to club cricket recently.

Australia star Glenn Maxwell has played three Victorian Premier Cricket matches with club side Fitzroy Doncaster (File photo).

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell seems to be moving closer to an international cricket comeback after taking a break from the game due to mental health issues. The all-rounder was seen training with his state side Victoria in Melbourne. Maxwell, who stepped away from cricket to deal with his unspecified problems during Australia’s T20I series against Sri Lanka in October, returned to club cricket recently.

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He has played three Victorian Premier Cricket matches with club side Fitzroy Doncaster and has taken part in some aspects of Victoria’s Shield program since the break. On Thursday, the 31-year-old, who bowls off-spin, participated in Victoria’s training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“I think he is doing everything he needs to do ... when he is ready to come back (he will),” teammate Marcus Harris was quoted as saying by ‘cricket.com.au’. “I’m not sure if it is this week or Big Bash, but he’s not far away I think,” he added.

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Victoria's match against Western Australia, at the MCG, begins on Saturday but Maxwell has not been named in the squad. Harris said it will be left to Maxwell to decide the right time to return to the game on a full-time basis.

“I think those sort of guys need some space. I think they’ve got everyone hounding them about what’s going on and what they’re doing,” Harris said. “They are adults. Maxi has been really good and all the guys dealing with stuff have been very good and we just put our arm around them and support them,” he added.