Australia News – Jarrod Freeman is taking an indefinite mental health hiatus

The offspinner had played in all of Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield matches over the past two seasons

Jarrod Freeman was a key part of Tasmania’s Shield team last season Getty Images

Tasmania offspinner Jarrod Freeman has taken an indefinite break from cricket to manage his mental health.

Freeman, 23, has played in every match of the Sheffield Shield in Tasmania over the past two seasons, taking 40 wickets at an average of 46.00. He was part of the team that reached the final in the 2023-24 season.

He also played a key role with the bat in Tasmania’s famous win last October when they scored 432 runs against Queensland.

“Cricket Tasmania extends its support to Jarrod during this period of leave and appreciates the importance of mental health,” Cricket Tasmania said in a statement. “The organisation hopes to see him return to cricket in the future.

“Cricket Tasmania continues to support all athletes with appropriate mental health training and education, recognizing the challenges that professional athletes may face throughout their careers.”

Tasmania have bolstered their off-season spinning resources with the signing of Test left-armer Matt Kuhnemann from Queensland and Australia Under-19 offspinner Raf MacMillan on a rookie contract.

Kuhnemann, who was recently on standby for Australia’s T20 World Cup team, has moved to another state in a bid to get more red-ball cricket. He has played just four top-flight matches (three for Durham and one for Australia A) since appearing in the Test series against India early last year.

Legspinner Mitchell Swepson was Queensland’s spin option in last season’s Sheffield Shield, although the pair played together as a key part of Brisbane Heat’s BBL title-winning side. Kuhnemann will remain with the Heat through the 2024-25 season.

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