Nic Maddinson has pulled himself out of Australia A’s three-day, day-night practice match against Pakistan in Perth citing mental health issues. Western Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft will replace him in the squad.
Maddinson’s decision to take a break from cricket comes after Glenn Maxwell opted to withdraw himself citing similar reasons.
"Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him," said Australia A coach Graeme Hick.
"It is braver to speak up than to suffer in silence and I applaud Nic for having the courage to put his health first."
Australia A’s game against Pakistan is a chance for players to press their case for the Brisbane Test which certainly rules out Maddinson from the contention.
This gives a chance to Travis Head or Will Pucovski to strengthen their case for selection in the Test squad.
Alex Kountouris, Cricket Australia's head of sports science and medicine, said his organization was working hard to understand the challenges faced by the players at the highest level of sport.
"Mental health is a challenge faced by Australian communities and elite sporting organisations and cricket is no different," he said.
"Like other professional sports we are working very hard to better understand the challenges faced by our players and staff so we can support them."