Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques has given an insight into his mental health struggles in recent weeks, sharing a message that highlights the misleading representation social media can sometimes portray of peoples lives.
The 33-year-old all-rounder, who will captain Australia A in next week’s four-day MCG clash with England A, lifted the Big Bash League trophy with the Sixers at the SCG last week.
In December 2017, Henriques was diagnosed with clinical depression, and took a break from cricket for several weeks. He has since shed light on his struggles, describing himself as a long-time sufferer of mental illness.
“I was going through my Instagram and noticed that it’s a highlight reel of smiles, laughs, good times and happy families,” Henriques wrote.
“Whilst things may appear all smiles and good times it definitely is not like that all the time. In the last five weeks I’ve felt like shedding as many tears as our baby Archie. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious and worried.
“Just a reminder of the misleading representation social media can portray of our not so perfect lives. Mental health is always a work in progress.”
The message was accompanied by a Theodore Roosevelt quote, which states ‘comparison is the thief of joy’.
Earlier this week, Nathan Lyon backed Henriques to earn a Test recall in Bangladesh this year.
“He’s probably up there with the best captains I’ve ever played under,” the Test spinner said. “He’s very, very calm. He gives an incredible amount of backing to all his players. I’m a massive fan of Moises, as a cricketer and captain … he’s probably one of the best players of spin going around the country.”
Henriques will be in Sheffield Shield action with NSW against Victoria on Friday.