Maddinson withdraws from Australia A team for mental-health reasons

Although he returned to New South Wales his performances at state level tailed off dramatically and led to him losing his contract at the end of the 2017-18 season.

But Maddinson was an outside chance to find his way back to Test cricket having been selected for Australia A on the back of 12 months of outstanding form for Victoria. Since moving to Melbourne without a contract he has scored 952 runs in 13 Sheffield Shield innings at an average of 79.33, with four centuries including 224 against South Australia this season.

He has spoken openly about maturing as a person and a player since his three Tests in late 2016, conceding he simply wasn’t ready for Test cricket at that stage and has learned some valuable lessons from the experience.

He has also spoken about the positive effect Victoria’s more relaxed environment has had on his game.

Mental health is becoming a far more prevalent issue in Australian cricket than before. Moises Henriques was the first to go public with his battle. Australia women’s player Nicole Bolton has also opened up about her issues over the past 12 months.

Maddinson’s Victoria and Australia A teammate Will Pucovski also needed time out of the game last summer.

Alex Kountouris, CA’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager, said in a statement that CA is committed to better understanding mental health and supporting those who were encountering issues in this area.

“Mental health is a challenge faced by Australian communities and elite sporting organisations and cricket is no different,” Kountouris 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.

“We are all proud to work in an industry where players can feel safe to talk about these issues. It goes without saying that we offer all our players the support they need in the difficult times but importantly we are working on education, resourcing and research to better understand how we do this.”