Mental health trio have set an example for past players: Phillips

Former Australian cricketer Wayne Phillips says the willingness of three prominent players to come forward with mental health issues will help current and past players deal with their own battles.

Phillips, the one-time dashing batsman and wicketkeeper, who famously scored a century on Test debut against Pakistan, is one of the Australian Cricketers Association’s past players co-ordinators. This is a role that involves dealing with players and their personal issues.

The South Australian great, who overcame depression triggered by the loss of his father and close mate David Hookes, said the manner in which Will Pucovski, Nic Maddinson and Glenn Maxwell had handled their recent issues was a lesson for many.

“They (former players) are now: ‘Gee whiz, Glenn Maxwell, you’re kidding, he’s the ‘Big Show’ … but now they (former players) have the confidence to talk about it, that sort of thing,” he said.

“They are like: ‘Maybe I should have talked about it’. It (help) is there and we are have that available. It’s there and it should be used.


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