Aussie cricketer Glenn Maxwell reveals how he got help in the nick of time during depression battle

Aussie cricket star Glenn Maxwell reveals his struggle with depression was so bad he only just got help in the nick of time: ‘A couple of weeks later, that could have been the end’

  • Glenn Maxwell has opened up about his previous battle with depression
  • Australian all-rounder, 34, used to mask his feelings when he was struggling
  • Revealed on The Test if he didn’t seek help, he may have taken his own life
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Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell has opened up on his battle with depression, revealing if he didn’t seek help while he was at his lowest ebb he may have taken his own life.

The talented all-rounder, dubbed ‘The Big Show’, revealed he did himself no favors by masking how he was really feeling during his toughest period as he appeared on episode four of the documentary The Test.

‘I tried to fake everything I did. I went through depression and that was on the back of 18 long months trying to do everything right by anyone else,’ he said.

‘When I put my hand up [in 2019] when I was struggling, if I hadn’t let it go … a couple of weeks later who knows where I would have been.

‘That could have been the end. I just wouldn’t have had nothing more to aim for and that could have been it.’

Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell has opened up on his battle with depression, revealing if he didn't seek help while he was at his lowest ebb he may have taken his own life

Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell has opened up on his battle with depression, revealing if he didn’t seek help while he was at his lowest ebb he may have taken his own life

Maxwell, 34, is considered one of world cricket's best players in limited overs and T20 formats - but he still suffered badly in 2019 despite having a strong year on the pitch

Maxwell, 34, is considered one of world cricket’s best players in limited overs and T20 formats – but he still suffered badly in 2019 despite having a strong year on the pitch

Maxwell, widely considered one of world cricket’s best players in limited overs and T20 formats, went onto state from 2019 onwards, if he was having dark thoughts, he reached out to teammates or members of the Australian coaching staff, including team psychologist Michael Lloyd.

‘Every time I had something niggling me or on my mind, I’d get someone into my room – or go and meet someone somewhere and just have a chat,’ he said.

‘As soon as you get those words out and you’re not holding them in, it can be a relief off your shoulders.’

The all-rounder has previously revealed he ended up ‘bawling’ in front of his wife Vini Raman in the dressing room after being selected in the Australian team for the 2019 World Cup.

Maxwell married his long-time girlfriend Vini Raman (pictured left) in March last year.  He has previously revealed that he broke down in tears in front of her in her dressing room in 2019

Maxwell married his long-time girlfriend Vini Raman (pictured left) in March last year. He has previously revealed that he broke down in tears in front of her in her dressing room in 2019

He even hoped his arm was broken so he could have a break from playing when he was struck by a delivery during net practice that year.

Maxwell had a huge setback in November when he broke his leg at a friend’s 40th birthday party in bizarre scenes.

The star lay in agony for nearly an hour with a shattered fibula, and friends had to erect a small tent over him to protect him from the rain.

A doctor advised his friends to take the Victorian to a hospital, and Maxwell says the journey was ‘one of the most painful drives I’ve ever had in my life’.

‘One of my mates, who was also one of my school teachers, we were laughing about something and I pretended to chase him off somewhere,’ he explained.

‘I reckon we both took about three or four steps out there, and both slipped at the same time. I just got my foot stuck a little bit, and he fell, unfortunately at a really bad angle and landed straight on my leg.

‘It just snapped. I heard and felt every part of it. It was pretty painful. I was screaming a bit and he was like, ‘please tell me you’re joking, please tell me you’re joking’.’

After surgery, Maxwell had to teach himself how to walk again.

The freak injury has seen Maxwell miss the entire Big Bash for the Melbourne Stars this summer – and also ruled him out of contention for a spot on the tour to India next month ahead of the four Test series.

Maxwell married his long-time girlfriend Vini Raman in March last year.

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