Sydney Thunder’s Rachel Trenaman withdraws from ‘A’ series to focus on her mental health
Young Australian all-rounder Rachel Trenaman has decided to take a break from cricket to deal with her mental health. Trenaman who was a part of team Sydney Thunder in Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) this year has decided to spend some time away from the game.
Trenaman has opted out from the upcoming ‘A’ series against India. The 18-year old all-rounder was named in the Australia ‘A’ squad which was scheduled to play India ‘A’ next week. She will also not feature in the Women’s National Cricket League where she represents NSW Breakers.
The young cricketer is a budding talent who often juggles between her studies and cricket. She played 2 games for Sydney Thunder this year while also completing her Year 12 exams.
As reported by Laura Jolly of cricket.com.au, coach of NSW Breakers Dom Thornely applauded Trenaman’s courage to come out and give priority to her mental health. “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”, said Thornely.
Rachel Trenaman’s decision to step away from the game follows that of several cricketers in recent times. Players such as Glenn Maxwell, Will Pucovski, Sophie Molineux, Nicole Bolton have previously taken a break from cricket to focus on their well-being.
Cricket Australia (CA) have been collecting data and doing a survey on men and women players. CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) will be giving 300 men and women cricketers an education programme to develop more awareness about mental health issues.