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Australia’s Rachel Trenaman takes a step back from cricket to focus on mental health

She was picked in Australia A squad for the series against India A set to start next week.

Rachel Trenaman
Rachel Trenaman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In the recent past, several athletes have come clear about their struggles with regards to mental health. The cricketing fraternity has lauded their courage to speak up about the same and biding themselves time to deal with it. Not too long ago, three cricketers from Australian Men’s team in Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, and Will Pucovski cited their lack of psychological well-being as a reason to take a break from the sport.

As per the latest news, another Australian player in Rachel Trenaman has taken a step back from the sport to focus on her mental health. The 18-year old, who plays for Sydney Thunder and New South Wales, was named in Australia A squad to face India A for the one-day series that is slated to take place from next week in Brisbane.

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New South Wales Breakers coach Dominic Thornely hailed Rachel Trenaman for being courageous and ensured that the cricketing family thoroughly has her back. He wished her all the best and would indeed hope she makes a roaring comeback. “We’re proud that Rachel was brave enough to speak up, and we’re here for her. I know the cricket family is right behind her and we wish her the very best,” Thornely said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Chris Botherway echoes the support

Sydney Thunder’s franchise’s acting general manager Chris Botherway condoned her decision by conveying that nothing stands above the mental health of their players. He further said that she would be provided all the support and time she needs to make a complete recovery.

“Rachel is a highly thought of young person who has the respect of her team-mates, coaches and support staff at Sydney Thunder and NSW Breakers. Player health and well-being will always be our top priority and we will provide Rachel with all the time and support she needs to make a full recovery,” he stated.

Earlier Sophie Molineux, the all-rounder from Melbourne Renegades announced her decision last month to take a sabbatical to concentrate on her psychological well-being. Meanwhile, Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson made a return for Victoria in the final round of the Sheffield Shield cricket while Glenn Maxwell is back in training with Victoria.

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