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Glenn Maxwell Returns After Taking Break Citing Mental Health Issues

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It’s Glenn Maxwell’s comeback!
The last ODI he played was almost half a year ago. The last Test he featured in was a good two years back in time. Ask any cricket-hungry Australian what he keenly awaits, perhaps with the same passion and vigor surrounding a Steve Smith special.

Glenn Maxwell’s comeback was being much anticipated

At 31, Glenn Maxwell is still very much a cricketing asset to Australia. And in the same capacity, must it be said, he is the great nadir for bowlers in white-ball cricket. If sound mental and physical health should side with him, then Australia can have the pleasure of fielding him for a good half a decade.
But should Australia lose him to the trials and tribulations surrounding his mental health concerns, it would be a big loss, of the kinds of a bad debt amounting to a massive amount. It is simply written off the account books.
You know it can’t be recovered. You know it is irredeemable.
But as the old adage often states, there lies a glimmer of hope and light at the end of the tunnel. And it appears that this is precisely what has happened.

Bowlers beware- we shall soon see Glenn Maxwell’s comeback

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Glenn Maxwell shared that he is back. This last Saturday, i.e., 22nd November marked the return of Glenn Maxwell, who had taken a break from international competitive cricket, citing mental health concerns.
In marking a return, Glenn Maxwell returned to the 22 yards as he represented his club back in Australia away from the glaring cricketing media, the mainstream cricketing action resting with his Australia side and Pakistan as they battle for supremacy in the first Test currently live at the Gabba.

An avid cricketer marks his return

Glenn Maxwell comeback
Maxwell had taken a break to deal with mental health issues (The Cricketer)

Although Glenn Maxwell’s comeback was a rather sedate one with the bat for he could make only 5 runs, he impressed the other way around.
Often, in front of the allure of his big strikes and powerful blows, stroked anywhere between mid-wicket and long-on regions, we forget that the Victorian can easily roll his arm over.
He claimed a vital two-for and starred for his club Fitzroy Doncaster secure a win over Geelong.

While in the context of cricketing magnanimity, this was a small outing.

Glenn Maxwell comeback
Glenn Maxwell is a resourceful cricketer (Pinterest)

But for the sake of a career, one that has seen glowing heights especially in the limited-overs arena, this was nothing less than profusely emotional. For there’s honestly nothing that can match the relief of returning to one’s comfort zone.
For cricketers, especially the new-age warriors that brave the rigors of an insane amount of ’round the clock’ non-stop cricketing action, that comfort zone lies in the middle of the pitch.
It can be found in the crackling sound of the blade made on 22 yards. In the comforting touch of a teammate’s hug, when a peach of delivery is bowled, a partnership is forged, or when a session is saved through sheer doggedness in batting.
It is not to be sought anywhere outside it. Not in one’s posh living room serenaded by trophies, not in the green room with a beer in hand and not even in the adrenaline rush achieved through a ten-kilometer jog.
The Australians would be cautious about Glenn Maxwell now. Not because he complained of mental issues, but because he contributes so much, instantly instilling a sense of fear in the minds of the bowlers, bringing so much energy to a side that simply thrives on it.
The Australians will now have to participate in a glorious cricketing battle, that transcends the 22 yards and makes its way into the mind of dynamic, inspiring talent.
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