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Test contender withdraws from Australia A game due to mental health issues

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Cricket Australia has revealed Test contender Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from the upcoming Australia A match against Pakistan, citing his mental health.

Maddinson had been considered a chance for a Test recall later this month, having scored 952 runs at an average of 79 in the Sheffield Shield since joining Victoria.

He has been replaced by Cameron Bancroft in the Australia A side for the match that begins on Monday November 11.

Maddinson has previously taken a break from the game following his axing from the Test team in 2017.

“The wellbeing of our players is always our primary concern,” Cricket Australia’s EGM of National Teams Ben Oliver said in a statement.

“We are proud that our players are comfortable to speak honestly and openly about how they are feeling.”

Graeme Hick, Australia’s batting coach and the man at the helm for the Australia A match, also offered his support to Maddinson.

“Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him,” he said.

“It is braver to speak up than to suffer in silence and I applaud Nic for having the courage to put his health first.”

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The news comes after it was announced Glenn Maxwell would step away from cricket temporarily for mental health reasons following the second T20 of the season.

The Roar encourages all readers who may be suffering from mental health difficulties to seek support from organisations such as Beyond Blue or Headspace.