Chris Lynn has thrown his support behind good friend Glenn Maxwell, after it emerged on Thursday, 31 October that the Australia all-rounder would be taking a break from the game to deal with mental health issues.
Commending Maxwell for coming out in the open with his issues, Lynn said that all of Australia is backing the 31-year-old in his battle to get healthier. "When one man goes, the whole team feels it,” Lynn said. “But I think the whole of Australia feels it. What he's got to realise is that, as men, we don't speak up enough about it, so I'm really proud that he's really come out and assessed that cricket isn't for him right now.
"He has to realise there are 25 million people from Australia behind him and that's the main thing. Whatever we can do, whether it's more or less, we'll be there. I wish him all the best. If he needs me, I'll be there.
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"I feel for the bloke and just hope he can bounce back because over the last week, we've seen how good he is. Cricket will have a big dent with him sat on the sidelines, but I don't want him to rush at all."
Lynn, who was in the middle of a warm-up T20 between a Cricket Australia XI and the Pakistanis in Sydney when the news first came out, said that being made aware of the development at the end of the game sent “shivers down my spine”.
The development, Lynn said, is yet another example of the intensely competitive ecosystem that cricketers have to deal with to thrive in the international game, although he commended the support system that is in place to deal with such issues.
"He [Maxwell] has to realise there are 25 million people from Australia behind him and that's the main thing. Whatever we can do, whether it's more or less, we'll be there. I wish him all the best, if he needs me I'll be there."
"A lot of people think it's a gravy train, play for Australia and get to travel the world, but there's a lot of hard work beneath the water that people don't see, and the mental toughness that a lot of cricketers have to show is next level," he said.
"It's a good thing for cricket he has spoken up, there are organisations who can help out. I've no doubt his friends and family will be most important right now. We are seeing a number of people taking a break from the game, but as I said, it's not all gravy. It's a big iceberg, and sometimes, we only see the tip of it."